A New York School of Medicine study recently reported that family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients who received intensive counseling had reduced stress levels and a delayed need for nursing home care for their loved ones. This longer at-home stay resulted in family happiness because they got to spend more time with their loved ones and a dramatic savings of about $90,000 per family. The counseling helped caregivers deal with the many difficult aspects of the disease. Caregivers were better equipped to tolerate the severe memory loss and agitation that accompany Alzheimer’s and were less likely to suffer from depression.
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