Alzheimer’s Care And The ‘Secondary Patient’

A few years after Stephen Sonnone took on the daily task of caring for his mother, whose mind was steeply declining due to Alzheimer’s disease, he suffered from pancreatitis.

He attributes it to his role as his mother’s primary caregiver.

Dr. David C. Steffens, chair of the psychiatry department at the University of Connecticut, said it’s not just the amount of care that Alzheimer’s patients need but the nature of the disease itself that brings so much stress to caregivers.

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