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Dear Carol: My mom’s been living with Alzheimer’s for several years and Dad refuses to get any help with her. My sister and I have begged him to place Mom in memory care because the facilities where they live are good, but he has always adored her and feels like he must be her protector. We’re afraid for both of them because while he means well, her care is getting too difficult. He still says the right words, but his body language shows his stress level is high and he’s becoming impatient which is unlike him. I’m sure his stress is affecting Mom, too, and making her more anxious. That, of course, makes her harder to care for. I’ve mentioned this to him gently several times, but he gets angry with me when I do. How can help them? – LR

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