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The Alzheimer's Caregiver
By Hal Kirn

Caregivers are the "second victims" of Alzheimer's disease. This video examines what it means to be a caregiver: the frustrations, the fears, the day-to-day loneliness, stress, anger and guilt. But there are also moments of joy and caregivers sometimes find themselves growing in surprising ways. Developing strengths they never knew they had, they become valuable sources of help for one another, sharing ideas, solving problems, and helping each other cope. Featuring a diverse group of caregivers, as well as experts on aging, this program vividly illustrates the problems of caring for a patient with Alzheimer's, but it also offers some solutions. It will be invaluable for anyone or any group involved in the care of the elderly. Study Guide included.

38 minutes
© 1987
Purchase $149 DVD
Order No. QA-115
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-860-X

Awards & Conference Screenings
Commendation, Gerontological Society of America

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