Social ties of marriage help caregiver's health

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Yolanda Spencer is eternally grateful for the weekly visits from fellow members of the Bethel AME Church in Boston’s Jamaica Plain. Without them, she’s not sure how she would have survived the past eight years, since her husband Vincent, now 62, fell off a ladder and became a quadriplegic.

An accident such as Vincent Spencer’s “is such a devastating thing to happen to a family,” said his wife, adding that their relatives live far away. Having church members nearby “has been really, really supportive.”

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