Many caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients admit to being abusive towards them in new study.
Wired PR News.com – A new British study reveals that many relatives providing care to family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia have acted abusively towards them. As reported by HealthDay News, the study found that more than 50 percent of the caregivers surveyed admitted to some form of abusive action toward patients with the most common form being verbal aggression. The least common form reported was physical abuse.
Dr. Claudia Cooper of the Medical Research Council is quoted in the report as stating the results signify “the extreme difficulty of caring for persons with dementia.”
In regards to the information provided by the test subjects, Dr. Cooper is further quoted as stating, “Mostly people said they wished it hadn’t happened,” Cooper said. “People with dementia can act aggressively. They [the caretakers] were reacting to being the subject of aggression or being in a difficult situation.”
Information about the study is published in Thursday’s issue of BMJ.