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Dear Carol: My wife has lived with younger-onset Alzheimer’s for five years. She was diagnosed at age 56, so her early decline has been fast and devastating for us both. We’ve been having family and paid caregivers come in when I’m gone, but this isn’t going to work much longer. I know that I’m going to have to place her in a care environment, which breaks my heart. Why am I writing? We’re constantly being told on internet threads that she/we can “live well with Alzheimer’s.” Yes, we do our best to make life as good as it can be, but I want people to learn about the disease. How can we get people to understand how terrible it is if we keep saying it’s no big deal? — KF.
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