Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's Disease
5:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

5 Things A Local Journalist Wishes He Knew Before His Wife's Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Linda Tong was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease at age 51.
Collin Tong

Consider the twin cruelties of having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease: On the one hand, caring for him or her is non-stop responsibility, stress and expense. On the other, you have to watch the person you love slip away, or even worse, become a disoriented or even hostile stranger.

Seattle journalist Collin Tong experienced the long ordeal starting when his beloved wife Linda was diagnosed with the early-onset variety at age 51. Tong has edited a book, composed of stories from 23 caregivers, called “Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s.” And he shared with us a handful of the practical things he wishes he’d known before caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

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