Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
As the oldest baby boomers turn 65 this year, Alzheimer's is becoming a reality for a growing number of people. Between 3 and 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's, and family caregivers provide the vast majority of their care. These caregivers include husbands, wives and children. They often assume an array of responsibilities, from taking over family finances and driving duties to helping with daily living activities such as walking, dressing and eating. Many Alzheimer's caregivers experience guilt, frustration, anger and grief during caregiving. Further, many caregivers cite support groups and respite care as invaluable resources that help them cope with the changes of the disease. This project, which follows two caregivers in different stages of caregiving, works to present a detailed, intimate portrait of their experiences with Alzheimer's. It also compiles resources, such as support groups and locally-based programs, that can assist families in the Triangle, N.C.