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Caring For Loved Ones With Memory Loss

It is estimated that 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. On this "Vermont Edition," we discuss challenges faced by those who provide care for their loved ones with memory loss.
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It is estimated that 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. On this "Vermont Edition," we discuss challenges faced by those who provide care for their loved ones with memory loss.

For individuals with dementia, in most cases there is at least one caregiver who is helping them navigate life with memory loss. We look at the challenges these caregivers face while watching their loved one struggle with this condition.

We hear about these challenges from Sheila Dooley and Rob Backlund, who have provided care for family members suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

We also speak with Pamela Beidler, programs & outreach director for the Alzheimer's Association's Vermont Chapter, about the services and support available to caregivers.

Disclosure: The Alzheimer's Association is an underwriter of VPR.

Broadcast live on Monday, July 17, 2017, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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