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Today 20 million family caregivers regularly perform complex medical and nursing tasks for family members or friends, often with little to no instruction. A new series of "how-to" videos can help.
Amy Goyer describes the extreme demands of caring for someone with Alzheimer's, sometimes driving them to desperation.
I recently read a disturbing  news report about a 69-year-old man in Florida who apparently killed his 89-year-old mother and then committed suicide. Police reported that he left a note stating that his mother, who lived with him, had advanced Alzheimer’s disease and that he was having extreme difficulty caring for her. The story absolutely breaks my heart. While I have certainly never felt that low, as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s, I do have some insight into the feelings of overwhelming hopelessness this man must have endured to be driven to such a horrific action.
Amy Goyer describes the intangibles on her wish list as she cares for her parents.
Wondering what to give your favorite family caregiver this year? Here is my  Christmas Wish List that I shared two years ago. It still holds true so I thought I'd share it with you again this year. It's a short list - only 5 items...the intangibles that are most meaningful to caregivers. Surely Santa can help with these!
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