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Study: Alzheimer’s Caregivers At Increased Risk Of Dementia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Certainly Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease for the person with the condition, but it can be grueling for caregivers as well.

According to a report from the University of Washington, caregivers often have trouble with attention and memory themselves. They’re at increased risk of dementia.

They study suggests that cognitive decline observing caregivers may be due to factors including depression, loneliness, and social isolation. The researchers say there is a need to develop strategies that will reduce the psychological stress in caregivers while promoting healthy behavior.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio

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