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    When Caregivers Are Pushed<br> to the Brink

    Learn how to cope and get help before tragedy strikes.

    Clara Laird, 86, was living with dementia in a Southern California nursing home when her husband of nearly 70 years allegedly shot and killed her Sunday.

    Family and friends called it an act of love – he’d spent years taking care of his ailing wife. The couple’s daughter said it was a "mercy killing."

    As many can attest, caring for a declining loved one is stressful – especially if he or she has Alzheimer’s.

    How can caregivers deal with the responsibility before it turns to tragedy? Join the discussion in the comments section below and in the community.

    – Tina Johnson-Marcel

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