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doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181a40d80
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Intimacy, Sexuality, and Early‐Stage Dementia: The Changing Marital Relationship

HARRIS, PHYLLIS BRAUDY PHD, LISW, ACSW

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Abstract

When one's marital partner receives a diagnosis of dementia, it has major ramifications for a couple. Such a diagnosis affects every aspect of marital life, including the most intimate areas. This qualitative study (1) focuses on the perspectives of married couples, caregivers, and their spouses in the early-stage dementia as they discuss their intimate relationships, both positive and negative aspects, (2) identifies how they cope with these changes to their marital relationship, and (3) develops evidenced-based recommendations for other couples in the early stages of dementia and for their healthcare providers.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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