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On December 11, Melissa Livney, PsyD, clinical psychologist at the Penn Memory Center, and George and Betsy Ulmer, a couple participating in Alzheimer's research at the Penn Memory Center, were featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams segment titled "Caregivers neglect their own health in order to look after others." The number of Alzheimer's patients, and in turn caregivers, in the United States is growing, and the segment focuses on the stress that Alzheimer's disease can cause for caregivers.
“People need to give themselves permission to take care of themselves,” says Dr. Livney. “That’s what we focus on. We don’t spend much time talking about the disease and functional aspects of caring for someone with dementia. We try to help people understand how to take care of themselves."