The death of a spouse is an especially hard life event to experience, but this trial poses a special challenge to sufferers of Alzheimer's, who must now live without their primary caregiver and mate. The dementia sufferer will typically express random bouts of confusion mixed with periods of death recall and non-death recall following the death. This further wound already grieving family members who are aching to see their loved one properly grieve the loss of his or her spouse.
However, depending on the severity of the illness, the surviving spouse may not have the sufficient memory bandwidth to process the death.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It causes untold emotional pain and difficulty for the loved ones of the five million Americans currently suffering with the disease; but, at present, there is no cure. A recent study on light therapy emerged from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has created promise for a new therapy that might alleviate Alzheimer's suffering.