Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will affect its sufferers as well as their caregiving spouses. Caring for a sufferer of AD is both stressful and highly demanding, and will impact the health of caregivers, especially when they are also elderly and when considering the cumulative effects of chronic, age-related illnesses and psychological decline. Moreover, elderly caregivers have the tendency to focus their attention on their Alzheimer’s suffering spouse and, consequently, to lose sight of their own health. All of this contributes to a vicious cycle which will eventually lead to a mediocre standard of living and increased frailty for the dyad (the caregiver-sufferer couple). Therefore, any intervention which is focused on the conservation or improvement of health and functional status for caregiving spouses of Alzheimer’s sufferers must be a priority, so as to maintain the autonomy and living standard of the dyad for as long as possible.
It has been reported that elderly persons are perfectly capable of evaluating their own health status through a self-administered program, and that they are also capable of accessing the digital version of this questionnaire on the Web, which opens up new prospects in relation to caregiver support and improvement of caregiver health.