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One in five Canadians aged 45 and older are caregivers to seniors living with long-term health problems. In between, she learned all she could about drug trials and enrolled him in some of the more promising ones. She identified the best Alzheimer’s doctors and got him on their patient lists, even if it meant regular trips from their home in Sault Ste. Marie to Toronto. “I was always trying to control it, but I couldn’t do it,” she says. “I learned life is a series of adjustments with Alzheimer’s disease.” Instead of trying to control things, she now feels the way forward is to let her friends help her, and help

David. One friend picks up David every Wednesday for an outing. Someone else stops by after her yoga class to feed him. Others regularly take her out for coffee, a walk, or a movie. Even a simple card in the mail, letting her know she isn’t alone can make a big difference. But because Clark is a people person, she knows that when friends ask what they can do, the onus is on her to tell them what she needs. Often, she says, the answer is quite simple: ask how she is and listen. LC

Submitted by the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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