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The Delicate Balance of End-of-Life Care

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November 13, 2003

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is extremely demanding — and it may become even more so as the end draws near. A study in today’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine provided some surprising observations about the period involving end-of-life care.

In the study, doctors, counselors and rehabilitation specialists at the c and other medical centers surveyed more than 200 caregivers who cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s at home. The caregivers were questioned in depth during the year before their loved one passed away. The report underlines the rigorous toll that caring for someone with dementia takes. It also revealed some surprising — and hopeful — findings about overcoming the trials of Alzheimer’s care.

Among the researchers’ findings:

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is never easy. www.Alzinfo.org provides a wealth of resources to help you make informed choices in insurance and financial planning, legal matters, and medical and end-of-life care.

By www.ALZinfo.org. Reviewed by Samuel E. Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

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