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Having a Spouse With Dementia Impacts Older Adults’ Memory Self-Perceptions

Poster Session III - Board: III-009
Friday, May 22, 2009, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Amanda C. Zolman
Butler University

Lindsay R. Palmer
Butler University

Tara T. Lineweaver
Butler University

We investigated memory self-efficacy in spouses of dementia patients. Participants viewed their own memory positively overall, but showed a trend of declining self-perceptions as their spouses’ dementia progressed. Results have implications for whether or not spouses of dementia patients seek medical attention for memory problems when it may be warranted.

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