In this exclusive audio interview, Lesley Stahl is joined by CBS’s Emmy Award-winning news correspondent, Barry Petersen, to discuss his new book, Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s, which recounts his wife’s early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Barry admits he “chose to ignore” the first symptoms of Jan’s disease, which surfaced when she was only 40 years old. Years later, Jan’s stepchildren began pointing out the symptoms. Then, when she was 55, Barry says it just happened – it was as though she had had a stroke – and Jan and Barry’s life together completely and drastically changed.
More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease, ten percent of which appears in patients under 65 years of age. Here, Lesley and Barry delve into the 24-hour treadmill of Alzheimer’s care, the guilt a caregiver can face and how one man learned to move on. Listen to the entire conversation below.