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Author (up) Ask, H.; Langballe, E.M.; Holmen, J.; Selbaek, G.; Saltvedt, I.; Tambs, K. url  doi
  Title Mental health and wellbeing in spouses of persons with dementia: the Nord-Trondelag Health Study Type Journal Article
  Year 2014 Publication BMC Public Health Abbreviated Journal BMC Public Health  
  Volume 14 Issue Pages 413  
  Keywords HUNT3; Dementia  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: Caring for a spouse diagnosed with dementia can be a stressful situation and can put the caregiving partner at risk of loss of mental health and wellbeing. The main aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between dementia and spousal mental health in a population-based sample of married couples older than 55 years of age. The association was investigated for individuals living together with their demented partner, as well as for individuals whose demented partner was living in an institution. METHODS: Data on dementia were collected from hospitals and nursing homes in the county of Nord-Trondelag, Norway. These data were combined with data on spousal mental health, which were collected in a population-based health screening: the Nord-Trondelag Health Study (HUNT). Of 6,951 participating couples (>55 years), 131 included one partner that had been diagnosed with dementia. RESULTS: Our results indicate that after adjustment for covariates, having a partner with dementia is associated with lower levels of life satisfaction and more symptoms of anxiety and depression than reported by spouses of elderly individuals without dementia. Spouses living together with a partner diagnosed with dementia experienced moderately lower levels of life satisfaction (0.35 standard deviation [SD]) and more symptoms of depression (0.38 SD) and anxiety (0.23 SD) than did their non-caregiving counterparts. Having a partner with dementia that resided in a nursing home was associated with clearly lower life satisfaction. Compared with non-caregivers, these spouses reported lower levels of life satisfaction (1.16 SD), and also more symptoms of depression (0.38 SD), and more symptoms of anxiety (0.42 SD). CONCLUSIONS: Having a partner with dementia is associated with loss of mental health and reduced life satisfaction. The risk of adverse mental health outcomes is greatest after the partner's nursing home admission.  
  Address Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, P,O, Box 4404, Nydalen N-0403 Oslo, Norway. heas@fhi.no  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 1471-2458 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:24885732; PMC4041138 Approved no  
  Call Number HUNT @ maria.stuifbergen @ Serial 1622  
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