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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 10:07 PM
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In this photo taken on April 23, 2012, Elaine Vlieger, 79, walks near her home near Denver, Colo. Vlieger is making some concessions to her early stage Alzheimer's, but isn't ready to give up either her home or her independence. She stays active with yard work and daily walks. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

In this photo taken on April 23, 2012, Elaine Vlieger, 79, walks near her home near Denver, Colo. Vlieger is making some concessions to her early stage Alzheimer's, but isn't ready to give up either her home or her independence. She stays active with yard work and daily walks. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (Ed Andrieski)

WASHINGTON — Elaine Vlieger is making some concessions to Alzheimer's.

She's cut back on driving. Frozen dinners now replace elaborate cooking. A son monitors her finances.

But the Colorado woman lives alone and isn't ready to give up her house or independence.

Some 800,000 people with Alzheimer's, roughly 1 in 7 Americans with the disease, live alone in their communities. That's according to new data from the Alzheimer's Association.

It's a different picture than the one of constant caregiving these people eventually will need.

Many like Vlieger cope on their own during dementia's earlier stages with support from family and friends.

But living alone with a disease that gradually strips people of the ability to know when they need help brings special safety concerns, and loved ones agonize over when to intervene.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elaine Vlieger is making some concessions to Alzheimer's.

She's cut back on driving. Frozen dinners now replace elaborate cooking. A son monitors her finances.

But the Colorado woman lives alone and isn't ready to give up her house or independence.

Some 800,000 people with Alzheimer's, roughly 1 in 7 Americans with the disease, live alone in their communities. That's according to new data from the Alzheimer's Association.

It's a different picture than the one of constant caregiving these people eventually will need.

Many like Vlieger cope on their own during dementia's earlier stages with support from family and friends.

But living alone with a disease that gradually strips people of the ability to know when they need help brings special safety concerns, and loved ones agonize over when to intervene.

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