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How does being a dementia caregiver affect one's immune response?

Dementia caregivers are subject to compromised immunity, more days of infectious illness and even disruptions in actual cellular immune responses. This has been shown when doctors have drawn blood from dementia caregivers and exposed that blood to antigens that would trigger an immune response. They found that those immune cells were weaker and didn’t mount as much of a response as non-caregivers' cells.

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