The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is helping individuals cope with the stress of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, offering a free counseling program that seeks to decrease stress and increase understanding, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The program has been immensely helpful to Jean Georges, whose arguments with her husband had so severely affected her that she suffered a stress-induced heart attack and doctors told her that it was dangerous for her to continue caring for him.
"It is so challenging to take care of someone with Alzheimer's," she told the news provider.
"And it's even more challenging if you don't know they have it."
Now, however, she has recovered and has the opportunity to visit her husband, Leonard, at the Prestige Assisted Living center in Henderson, Nevada. She suggests that anyone who is caring for an Alzheimer's patient should seek emotional support.
The news source claims that researchers estimate that by 2050, there will be 16 million Americans affected by the condition.
The Alzheimer's Association states that there are currently 10.9 million unpaid caregivers taking care of 5.3 million Alzheimer's patients.