Caregiver-recipient closeness and symptom progression in Alzheimer disease. The Cache County Dementia Progression Study.

@article{Norton2009CaregiverrecipientCA,
  title={Caregiver-recipient closeness and symptom progression in Alzheimer disease. The Cache County Dementia Progression Study.},
  author={Maria C. Norton and Kathleen W Piercy and Peter V. Rabins and Robert C Green and John C. S. Breitner and Truls Ostbye and Christopher D. Corcoran and Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer and C. G. Lyketsos and JoAnn T. Tschanz},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={64 5},
  pages={560-8}
}
Applying Rusbult's investment model of dyadic relationships, we examined the effect of caregiver-care recipient relationship closeness (RC) on cognitive and functional decline in Alzheimer's disease. After diagnosis, 167 participants completed up to six visits, observed over an average of 20 months. Participants were 64% women, had a mean age of 86 years, and mean dementia duration of 4 years. Caregiver-rated closeness was measured using a six-item scale. In mixed models adjusted for dementia… CONTINUE READING
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