Senior Health: Early Onset Alzheimer’s And It’s Caregiving Challenges with Pat Moffett

Patrick Moffett joins Steve Heisler to talk about his experience in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Patrick’s wife was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Early-onset Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that strikes people younger than age 65 and only 5% of Alzheimer’s patients will develop symptoms before age 65. Today, at least 300,000 people in this country have early-onset Alzheimer’s. Tune in as Patrick reveals some of the most significant challenges he faced as a caregiver and communication tips for caregivers. In This Episode: [02:55] The early signs and diagnosis as well as the surprising behaviors that challenged Pat’s preconceived ideas of what Alzheimer’s behaviors look like. [12:00] The most significant challenges Pat faced as the caregiver.  [23:25] Pat speaks about his experience putting a loved one into a nursing home.   [27:25] The number of caregivers that help out with Alzheimer’s in the United States.  [28:20] All about Pat’s book and feature film, Ice Cream in the Cupboard: A True Story of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Key Takeaways: The caregiver has to take care of themselves, or else the disease will claim two victims: the caregiver and the patient. Pat Moffett recommends keeping your job and look for a Alzheimer’s[…..]