News FocusNEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES

Caregivers Need Healing, Too

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Science  06 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5391, pp. 1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5391.1031

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Summary

Many family members of Alzheimer's patients want to keep their loved ones out of nursing homes. But the burden on these caretakers is overwhelming: They have a higher than average risk of serious illness, and one psychologist found that 75% of family caregivers show signs of major depression. So some researchers are looking for ways to relieve the caregivers' burden.