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In the year before a person’s death, half of family caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia reported spending at least 46 hours per week providing care–59% of these caregivers felt that they were “on duty” 24-hours a day.

Schulz, Richard, Aaron B. Mendelsohn, William E. Haley, Diane Mahoney, Rebecca S. Allen, Song Zhang, Larry Thompson, and Steven H. Belle, for the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimerâ??s Caregiver Health (REACH) Investigators. End-of-Life Care and the Effects of Bereavement on Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia. N Engl J Med. 2003; 349(20): 1936-42. http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/349/20/1936

Reference

Title
End-of-Life Care and the Effects of Bereavement on Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
Publication
N Engl J Med
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Schulz, Richard, Aaron B. Mendelsohn, William E. Haley, Diane Mahoney, Rebecca S. Allen, Song Zhang, Larry Thompson, and Steven H. Belle, for the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimerâ??s Caregiver Health (REACH) Investigators
Volume & Issue
Volume 349, Issue 20
Pages
1936-42
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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