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Intimacy, Sexuality, and Early-Stage Dementia: The Changing Marital Relationship
Alzheimer's Care Today (2009)
  • Phyllis B Harris, John Carroll University

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.

  • Alzheimer's disease,
  • Early-stage dementia
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Publisher Statement

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Original published version is available at,_Sexuality,_and_Early_Stage_Dementia__The.4.aspx

Citation Information
Phyllis B Harris. "Intimacy, Sexuality, and Early-Stage Dementia: The Changing Marital Relationship" Alzheimer's Care Today Vol. 19 Iss. 2 (2009)
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