AFA: Study shows impact of informal caregiving

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One in six Canadians providing informal care to people 65 and older experience distress, and those caring for seniors with moderate to severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, are most at risk, according to a study released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. About 55 percent of seniors in the study–and three quarters of those who were married–received informal care from a spouse, while almost 75 percent of those who were not married received care from an adult child. Spouses were twice as likely to experience distress as other family members, such as adult children.

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