Johns Hopkins dementia study aims to improve quality of life - Families & Lifestyles

Johns Hopkins dementia study aims to improve quality of life

Susan C. Ingram | Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:55 am

Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 80 percent live at home and are cared for by about 15 million unpaid, informal caregivers — often spouses or adult children. And while impacts on patients include medical and psychological problems, reduced quality of life and high costs for care, impacts on caregivers can be severe.

Caregivers often juggle medical care, manage symptoms, offer physical, emotional, social and sometimes, financial support. “These caregivers are forgoing their own health in an effort to provide their family member or friend with the best care they can. Making sure caregivers are caring for themselves is a huge priority,” said MIND at Home principal investigator and gerontologist Dr. Quincy Samus.

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