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Alzheimer's disease and the holidays

The holidays can be an especially challenging time for families impacted by Alzheimer's disease, but advocates and Arizona leaders said there are ways for people to cope.

James Fitzpatrick, a program and advocacy director for the Alzheimer's Association, said the holidays can be a difficult time for patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, as well as their families.

He advised those impacted to keep building on traditions that include any family member with Alzheimer's and involve them in holiday activities.

"Life does not end when dementia is in place," Fitzpatrick said during a press conference Monday, noting that he lost a grandparent who suffered from dementia.

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Written by Blaine McCormick for

(Stan Godlewski, for USA TODAY)

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