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‘I Feel Really Bad for Jim': Facing Alzheimer’s Disease

This is not the time of her life that Karen Garner thought she would face this challenge. She is a 42-year-old mother with an 8-year-old and 11-year-old. Her husband is only 50.

Instead of just dealing with a full-time job and two children, she provides dementia care for her husband Jim after he developed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

“I feel really bad for Jim,” Karen said. “I hate to see such a nice person go through this and to have my kids go through this.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease strikes people before the age of 65. It is very uncommon when it strikes someone before their 50s. Karen’s husband, Jim, had symptoms of the disease for at least two to four years prior to his diagnosis. Early-onset Alzheimer’s appears to be genetic; Jim’s mother and brother both had Alzheimer’s disease.

Read Karen’s story and learn more about her struggle to care for her husband and family.

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    October 1, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Alzheimer’s at 50?! Wow. Did they happen to know what have caused it? At that early age, Karen only has two choices: either avail a long term care insurance for his husband or be his husband’s 24-hour nurse. Awful. Just awful.

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