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IMPACT OF CAREGIVER CLOSENES

ANCHOR LEAD: THERE IS A TAKE HOME MESSAGE FROM LEARNING THAT CLOSER CAREGIVERS HELP PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Closer caregivers help when it comes to slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a Johns Hopkins study led by Constantine Lyketsos has found.  But finding someone who’s close to deliver care probably isn’t something that can be easily found in a long term care facility.  Lyketsos gives his interpretation.

LYKETSOS: A take home message for the public at large is that if caregiving is being done by someone who feels close to the patient then the outcomes are likely to be better.  It’s hard to prescribe feeling close to someone but it might affect the choice of who the caregiver will be.  The other thing for those baby boomers amongst us it to remember is that your caregiver if you ever get demented is  likely to be a spouse or a child, making sure that your relationship with them is close might be important to what happens to you down the line if they become your caregiver.         :32

Research in other areas also underscores the fact that having close and loving relationships improves survival and quality of life.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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