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Spouse's Sickness Bodes Ill for Partner's Health
Date:2/10/2008

Mintz urges family caregivers to spread the work load.

"Caregiving is much more than a one-person job, especially when both the family caregiver and the care recipient are elderly," she said. "Often, spousal caregivers do not want to ask for or take help from their grown children, but that really is the first place we should all turn."

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To learn more, visit the National Family Caregivers Association.



SOURCES: Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., professor, medical sociology, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Suzanne Mintz, co-founder and president, National Family Caregivers Association, Kensington, Md.; National Alliance for Caregiving, Bethesda, Md.; Family Caregiver Alliance, San Francisco; Feb. 16, 2006, New England Journal of Medicine


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