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Do Negative Emotions Cause Alzheimer's?

by Carole Larkin, Alzheimer's & Dementia Expert
January 03, 2013

Question: In my research, I have found that chronic stress, anger, neurosis and holding in emotions can possibly contribute to Alzheimer’s. Do you agree with this?

Answer: Absolutely not! Alzheimer’s is a biologic disease. I can tell you though, that a person with these attributes before the disease stands a better chance of becoming a nightmare to those caring for them. Sometimes the disease works in a way that people become more of themselves. If they were nasty before, then all they become is double nasty. Some caregivers are lucky though, their person becomes the opposite of what they were before. In other words nice, for the most part. You never know which way it will work out. I’ll tell you this much; if I’m a caregiver, I’m praying for the second scenario! I find the description of chronic stress, anger, neurosis and holding in emotions far closer to describing the caregiver than the care receiver.

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Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, QDCS, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX.

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