The Trauma of Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s

While there are several forms of dementia, the most common is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for 64 percent of dementia. Its hallmark symptom is the progressive loss of cognitive function, and a gradual loss of memory. When the person with Alzheimer’s experiences this decline, he or she may no longer remember even the people he loves the most. This loss of memory can be profoundly traumatic for caregivers, particularly when the carer is the spouse. As time passes and the condition worsens, both partners lose the shared history that they…

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