"When this time comes may be very different for different patients," he said. "If you live in the middle of New York City and you have a grocery store downstairs, it's irrelevant that your loved one can't drive anymore. If you're loved one lives in rural North Carolina and can't drive anymore, they will starve and need assistance or long-term care earlier."
Learn more about caring for someone with Alzheimer's on a special website for caregivers set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
SOURCES: Teresa Dinau, professional caregiver, Home Care Assistance, Palo Alto, Calif.; Jacobo Mintzer, M.D., chairman, Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, vice chairman, clinical research, and professor, neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina, and physician, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, S.C.
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