A recent edition of CBS This Morning highlighted results from a USAgainstAlzheimers national A-LIST survey in a segment titled “Falling in love while caring for your spouse with Alzheimer's disease.” Key findings from the A-List survey include:
A majority of couples report they discuss patient-related preferences, but over 60 percent of those surveyed say they omitted or avoided a conversation about their spouse or partner seeking outside companionship.
When respondents were asked, "If you had Alzheimer's or dementia, would you support or be against your spouse or partner having outside companionship/affection?" Responses were divided: Support (39 percent), Unsure (42 percent) Against (19 percent).
Respondents were divided on the question of whether the Alzheimer’s patient being in a facility or at home would make a difference for a spouse to have another relationship. 25 percent said “Yes” and 25 percent said “Unsure,” and close to 50 percent said "No."
The USAgainstAlzheimer’s A-LIST is an online community of people with or at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, and mild cognitive impairment and includes current and former care partners. The A-LIST conducts surveys on patient and caregiver preferences, patient-doctor relationships, clinical trials, caregiver health, and technology