The Two-Track Model of Dementia Grief and spousal response to illness and death

Alexander Manevich, Simon Shimshon Rubin, Michael Katz, Rachel Ben-Hayun, Judith Aharon-Peretz

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-599
Number of pages8
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2023

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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