DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's
Medical Author: Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease
takes its toll. According to the first detailed study ever done of
caregivers and the end of life, family members looking after a relative with
dementia have higher
levels of depression, and greater need for support while they are providing end-of-life
care than they do after a period of bereavement. Depression often
results when a family caregiver, who endures
high levels of stress, is unable to
alleviate the suffering of a loved one," said Dr. Richard Schulz, the
University of Pittsburgh, who led the study which was published in the
New England Journal of Medicine (1).