Keeping in touch with friends often requires effort and attention, especially if distance or divergent interests threaten to separate you. What happens, then, when a friend is diagnosed with dementia? Is it possible, and preferable, to continue the friendship, especially as your friend’s cognitive abilities decline? According to new research by Professor Janelle Taylor of the University of Washington, the experience of continuing friendship with a dementia patient is not only highly valuable for the patient but can also be rewarding and meaningful for the un-afflicted friend. While the relationship may change because of the illness, it may also bring about growth and meaning for you, even if sadness or loss are also part of the equation. Read more about Professor Taylor’s findings Here. And continuing that friendship may also be essential to family caregivers who often bear the burden of the diagnosis. Read how caregiver stress can negatively affect the well being of the dementia patient Here.