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Dear Carol: My husband has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. I’m retired, but still need to get out on my own now and then, and it’s getting hard to leave him alone. Do you have any ideas about how I find time away and still keep him safe? He hasn’t started to wander yet, but I’m very afraid he may walk off and get lost. We don’t qualify for any subsidized programs. Merna

Dear Merna: Caregivers need to approach caring for their personal needs with the same conviction as caring for their loved one. Otherwise, we’re set up for burnout. You are smart to start looking for options. 

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