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Kind caregivers: How one family cared for grandma with dementia

May 30, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Anne takes a break from folding laundry to watch her granddaughter, Susan and great-granddaughter, Elisabeth, in the kitchen. Anne suffered from dementia and was no longer able to care for herself. Susan helped pick out Anne’s clothes, tie her shoes and feed her. In return, Anne helped with laundry, dishes and some cooking. “A lot of people said to put her in a nursing home, but she did not want to do that. And we didn’t either,” Susan’s husband John said about the decision to have Anne move in with the family. “She would be dead right now if we had not done something.”

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