Sunday, August 05, 2007

Losing Betsy: A Journey Through Dementia

The latest installment in a compelling feature series in The Seattle Times:

Losing Betsy — A move nobody wanted
By Marsha King
The Seattle Times
05 August 2007


"I've always said I want to keep her as long as I can," Jeff said several weeks ago. "But I'm kind of reaching the end of my ability to do this stuff."

Sooner than expected, that day arrived.

Seven years ago, when she was 46, Betsy got a shocking diagnosis — early onset dementia — probably Alzheimer's disease. Since then, she's gone from forgetting how to fold laundry to forgetting who she is.

On the morning of July 13, Jeff moved his wife to a state-licensed adult family home in Renton.

Now 53, Betsy would be the youngest resident by 24 years.


[ ... Read the full article ... ] Includes links to earlier reports in the series.

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