The Impact of Dementia on the Family

Peter V. Rabins, Nancy L. Mace, Mary Jane Lucas

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To determine the impact of dementia on the family, we interviewed the primary care givers of 55 patients suffering from an irreversible dementia. Problems reported included disturbances of patient behavior such as catastrophic reactions, waking at night, suspiciousness, and communication disorders, some of which can be alleviated by physician-initiated intervention. Care givers also reported that they themselves had feelings of anger, depression, and fatigue, which can be treated as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-335
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 16 1982

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  • Medicine(all)


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