Researchers have discovered
changes that take place in the brains of people who have
Alzheimer's disease. These brain changes may cause the memory loss and decline
in other mental abilities that occur with Alzheimer's disease. It is not fully
understood why these brain changes occur in some people but not in
Alzheimer's disease always gets worse over time, but the
course of the disease varies from person to person. Some people may still be
able to function relatively well until late in the course of the disease.
Others may lose the ability to do everyday activities very early on.
There are about 10 million people in the U.S. -- mostly women – who have chosen to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a grueling job in itself, but many aren’t only caregiving. They’re also raising kids of their own -- and maybe working – at the same time.
“You’re already a parent to your children, and then suddenly you have to become a caregiver to your parent,” says Donna Schempp, LCSW, program director at the Family Caregiver Alliance in San Francisco. “It’s very hard to...