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Half of caregivers of loved ones with dementia experience distress: report

Sheryl Ubelacker, The Associated Press, The National Post

TORONTO — For the last five years, Catherine Kelly and her partner have been providing live-in care for her mother, who developed vascular dementia after suffering a stroke in 2008. As parents of two small children, being caregivers is a 24-7 labour of love — but one that can be exhausting and isolating, concedes Kelly. Her mother Isabel, now 81, has end-stage dementia, which has advanced to the point where she is essentially unable to speak or move her limbs. For the first four years, Kelly and her brother had shared the care of their mother, who had been able to travel back and forth between her daughter’s home in Ottawa and her son’s in Halifax every three to five months. “But we realized in 2012 that the dementia was progressing in a way that we knew that within a year she really needed to be in one place,” said Kelly. So later that year, she and partner Wayne Walsh moved to Harbour Main, N.L., bringing her mother to live with them in Isabel’s home province.

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