The Psychological and Health Consequences of Caring for a Spouse With Dementia: A Critical Comparison of Husbands and Wives

Carrie Gibbons, Joy Creese, Mun Tran, Kevin Brazil, Lori Chambers, Bruce Weaver, Michel Bédard

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Abstract

Caring for someone with dementia can be demanding, particularly for spouses living with the care recipient. The main goal of this study was to clarify differences in the experience of caregivers who were husbands and wives with respect to burden, health, healthy behaviors, presence of difficult care recipient behaviors, social supports, and the quality of the premorbid relationship. The results of this study support research demonstrating a difference between the caregiving experiences of women and men. It is becoming increasingly apparent that female gender is a marker that places them at increased risk of high burden and less support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of women & aging
Volume26
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gender Studies

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