This cross-sectional study examined the experiences of healthy spouses caring for their partners via the Two-Track Model of Dementia Grief thereby broadening our understanding of the functional and relational aspects of this process. The 122 participating older adults had spouses drawn from four groups: mild to moderate cognitive-impairment; advanced cognitive-impairment; deceased following dementia; and, healthy controls. They completed a battery of self-report measures. Results showed elevated scores on both tracks of the model for all affected groups. Assisting spouses of those living with cognitive-impairment begins with the earliest symptoms of decline and continues after the death of the loved one.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology