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AARP Indiana’s Caregiver Connect: Providing Resources

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013   

INDIANAPOLIS - Mary Ann Becklenberg was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's disease back in 2006. She and her husband, John, will be appearing later this month in an AARP Indiana Caregiver Connect session. Mary Ann Becklenberg had been working as a hospice social worker when she was diagnosed.

"Then to find myself in such a situation, it's been a challenge," she admitted. "But we're hanging in there."

John Becklenberg doesn't call himself a caregiver, although, he said, their relationship is not quite equal anymore. He said he and Mary Ann take one day at a time and make the most of it.

"Every day is new and comes with its own wonder for her as to what's happening in this day," said. "But for me as well, I think. I'm constantly seeing how I can renew our relationship."

Many caregivers encounter more difficulties than the Becklenbergs. The responsibility of providing unpaid care can incur emotional, physical and financial stress. The AARP Caregiver Connect sessions this month are to help family and friends find answers.

Those sessions are being held in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Merrillville. Sign up toll free at 877-926-8300.

The sessions will allow family caregivers to relax, learn and connect with resources.



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