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KGMI special report: Battling Alzheimer’s part II

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KGMI special report: Battling Alzheimer’s part II

KGMI Reporting
By Crystal King

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – In 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided over 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s.

Bellingham resident Betsy Gross’ husband John was diagnosed with early onset at the age of 59.

That was 11 years ago.

Betsy says you would not wish this disease on your worst enemy.

Play Betsy Gross on reality and coping

More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers rate the emotional stress of caring for their loves ones as high or very high.

One-third report symptoms of depression due to the physical and emotional toll of care giving.

Bestsy says you have to learn to not be frustrated and angry all the time.

Play Betsy Gross on anger

Betsy she says she has learned to play a pour hand… well.

Plat Betry Gross on her husband’s ‘best day’

Betsy suggests building a life around things that are fulfilling so the disease doesn’t take over.

Play Betsy Gross on adjustment