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Caring for the care-givers

Men with dementia are in poorer health than women with dementia, yet their caregivers – usually their wives – get fewer home services than those who care for women with dementia, according to a recent analysis of CCHS data by Dorothy Forbes and colleagues at the University of Western Ontario's School of Nursing.

Family caregivers, especially wives, are particularly vulnerable to poor health. Providing good home care services will avoid the more costly alternative of premature institutionalization.

18 September 2008 - 12:00am |