According to a recent study by U-M, depressive symptoms and caregiving hours among older adults caring for partners with dementia can emerge up to 10 years before a routine screening detects the first signs of their partner’s cognitive impairment. The study found that the pre-onset period, which may include mild cognitive impairment, is a critical time to identify needs and solutions for families living with dementia. Geoffrey Hoffman, assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing, explores the implications of the findings.
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