If spouse has dementia, your risk rises too

Being married to someone with dementia may sharply increase your own risk of developing the condition, a new study shows.

Utah researchers found that seniors had six times the risk of developing dementia if they lived with a spouse who had been diagnosed with the condition, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. And the increased risk was substantially higher for husbands than for wives.

“The good news is that most of the spouses did not develop dementia,” said the study’s lead author, Maria Norton, an associate professor in the department of Family, Consumer and Human Development at Utah State University, in Logan.

via If spouse has dementia, your risk rises too – Aging- msnbc.com.

Alzheimer’s disease and sexuality

At a recent educational conference on dementia sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, I was running late, passing packed rooms where sessions were just beginning.

“I’ll never get a seat,” I thought as I rounded the corner and entered the room where the “Sexuality and Dementia” program was getting under way. Interestingly, it was sparsely attended.

The first slide up on the screen was of an expressionless aged couple sitting side by side. In cartoon bubbles, he’s asking her “Whatever happened to our sexual relations?” and she’s responding, “I don’t know. I don’t even think we got a Christmas card from them this year.”

via Love life changes with spouse who has Alzheimer’s – NewsTimes.