Dementia patients go to the ER more if their caregivers have depression
According to the Alzheimer's Research Association, there are over 50 million people living with dementia throughout the world and caring for a loved one with dementia can be overwhelming. Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of California San Francisco recently published a study that found those with dementia had a 73% increased use of the emergency room if their caregivers suffered from depression. One of the authors of the report, Dr. Steve Bonasera with UNMC, said when caregivers lack the outpatient support or emotional reserve to face the progressively challenging needs of the patient with dementia, the emergency room may seem like a practical answer.
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