Women with Parkinson's disease less likely than men to have caregivers

PHILADELPHIA--Female Parkinson's disease patients are much less likely than male patients to have caregivers, despite the fact that caregivers report greater strain in caring for male patients. The findings come from a large study reported today in Neurology by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. According to the researchers, the disparity between female and male patients probably derives in part from the fact that women tend to outlive their most likely potential caregivers: their husbands. "Care provided by family and friends to people with Parkinson's disease is an important source of support, and our...

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