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Alzheimer's affects some five million Americans, but beyond that, their loved ones and caregivers must find a way to live with the disease's ravages.
Barry Petersen has seen a lot during his more than three-decade career as a CBS news correspondent—the aftermath of a Thai tsunami, the devastation from a cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the genocide in Rwanda. But none of it prepared him for the anguish he’d feel when he moved his wife Jan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 55, into an assisted living facility, a place he knew she would probably never leave. The disease affects some five million Americans, but beyond that, their loved ones and caregivers must find a way to live with its ravages and support its victims. Petersen tells his story of love, loss, and coping with a disease that forced him to face his own fears and guilt to choose life over grief.
Barry Petersen, Senior Correspondent for CBS News and author, Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's