CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen writes about caregiving, early-onset Alzheimer’s

Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen shares his journey into life as a caregiver to his wife, Jan, diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at 55 in Jan’s Story: Love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer’s.

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  1. Pingback: How Mutations in Presenilin Gene Cause Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease – Science Daily | Alzheimer Blog

  2. Complex post traumatic stress disorder is what affects many caregivers who care for aging parents. CPTSD can also occur in caregivers of severely disabled or autistic persons who exhibit intracable, prolonged, extreme self-injurious or assaultive behaviors. Witnessing repeated acts of such complex, high risk behaviors, where the person must constantly protect the other person is classic CPTSD, in a situation that is episodic, chronic and acute. It is one of the most undereported conditions facing families raising disabled children with extreme, challenging behaviors which require constant emergency interventions. The constant state of emergency and pressure of providing safety is what leads to CPTSD in primary caregivers. It is also seen in caregivers of dementia patients, who are without relief or respite care. Incessant or disruptive vocalizations often exacerbate the stress loads on caregivers of aging, elderly parents with dementia, further contributing to CPTSD, as auditory overload, insult factors. Imagine being in same room for days without relief, with someone who is screaming and talking nonsense. Or who is biting self. Or slapping the table. It can drive someone nuts. These people need help. Respite. Relief. And so does the patient. What is the point of American churches if all people do is go to church and talk about God? But the love of God isn’t being poured into the people who are suffering around them, or perhaps right next door.

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