Alzheimer’s Patients Living Alone Receive Poorer Healthcare, Swedish Study Suggests

Alzheimer’s Patients Living Alone Receive Poorer Healthcare, Swedish Study Suggests
People with Alzheimer's disease who live alone in their home are likely to receive a lower standard of diagnosis and treatment than those who live with others — even though their numbers are growing, according to a Swedish study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The study, "Living Alone with Alzheimer's Disease: Data from SveDem, the Swedish Dementia Registry," showed that this disparity was especially pronounced in older women, who comprise most of the 46 percent of Alzheimer's patients living alone who were listed in the Swedish Dementia Registry. The study's large sample size (26,163 patients diagnosed between 2007 and 2015) and availability of detailed data from both the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register and the Swedish Patient Register let Karolinska University Hospital's research team evaluate the effect of living alone has on the quality of healthcare patients receive — separately from other factors such as age, gender, comorbidities, or dementia severity. Nearly half of those patients — 46 percent or 11,878 people — were found to be alone in their homes at the time of their diagnosis. Most of them were older at diagnosis (88 years old compared to 77 in those living with others), and 62 percent were women. Overall, more and more Alzheimer's patients are alone in their own homes due to factors that include increasing lifespans, changes in family structure, reduced intergenerational living as a cultural norm, greater mobility, and the increasing prevalence of age-related diseases. In fact, the researchers report that the proportion of all o
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  1. Philip M Olson says:

    My mother and grandmother suffered. I suspect myself but live alone and do not wish to start changing things around. I can rationalize reasons to allow the deterioration of health and mind and do so. The costs associated with the extensive around the clock care needed is a powerful motivator for narrowing a viewpoint.
    I am good with the way things are.

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