Prisoners of Care: The Experience of Loneliness among Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

Magdalena Leszko, Rafał Iwański, Beata Bugajska



Adjusting to an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is a complex process. Caregivers tend to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation, which in turn may have adverse effects on their well-being. Although the detrimental effects of caregiving on psychological and physical health are well documented, more research is needed to give a comprehensive portrait of the caregiving experience, especially in the areas of aloneness and social isolation. Loneliness remains a neglected aspect of the caregiving experience. Results from this study offer important insights into the caregiving experience for psychologists and other healthcare professionals.


Alzheimer’s disease; caregivers; loneliness

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