Posted by: Bert Copple | May 21, 2010

Research Links Alzheimer’s in Spouses

An older adult whose spouse has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is at an increased risk for developing dementia, according to new research.

The Utah State University study included 1,221 married couples aged 65 and older, and none of the 2,442 participants had dementia at the start of the study. During 12 years of follow-up, 125 husbands and 70 wives developed dementia. Both the husband and wife developed dementia in 30 couples.

Researchers found, after adjusting for a number of factors, that people with a spouse who developed dementia were six times more likely to develop dementia themselves than people whose spouses never had dementia. Men had a higher risk than women, and older age was significantly associated with dementia risk.

“Future studies are needed to determine how much of this association is due to caregiver stress compared to a shared environment,” said Dr. Maria Norton, study leader. “On the positive side, the majority of individuals with spouses who develop dementia did not themselves develop dementia; therefore, more research is needed to explore which factors distinguish those who are more vulnerable.”

Continued research into the causes of dementia is urgent, given its significant public health concern and the upcoming shift in population age, she said. As this research continues, the best thing people can do to fight and cope with dementia is through mind provoking activities. This can be done through the help of caregivers, especially from Home Instead Senior Care.

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