The Long Goodbye: The Alzheimer's Patient and the Caregiver

In this video interview Barry Petersen describes his wife's diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer's and his caregiving challenges.

from: - the American Association of Retired Persons. Inside E Street | August 5, 2010
Alzheimer's hurts not only those who suffer from its symptoms, but also the people who care for them.

Barry Petersen, a CBS News correspondent, entered a dark chapter of his life when his wife, Jan, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. That led to his book, Jan's Story, which chronicles Jan's struggle with the disease and Barry's challenges as a caregiver.

Mini-review by Richard Anderson: Barry Petersen lays it all out there: the dilemma of the long-term spousal caregiver. I support his determination to care for himself at the same time as he keeps on caring for his wife.Ā  Caregivers, especially spousal caregivers can't be supermen or women -- when one is sick, two need help!