Saturday, July 7, 2012

Support groups a lifeline for caregivers dealing with Alzheimer's disease

At age 58, Paul Hess learned that his struggle with memory loss was a symptom of dementia: early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was devastating when we first got the diagnosis,” said Linda Hess, his wife. “At first, I couldn’t even use the ‘A’ word in front of him and kept calling it ‘memory loss’. At the time, we were taking care of his father who had Alzheimer’s.

“I finally had to use the word with him and needed to get myself adjusted to it.”

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