Greg and Mary Catherine O'Brien with their kids, at daughter Colleen's marriage to Matt Everett last August. Greg has early-onset Alzheimer's. From left, Brendan O'Brien, Greg O'Brien, Colleen O'Brien, Matt Everett, Mary Catherine O'Brien, and Conor O'Brien. Courtesy of Greg O'Brien hide caption

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Caregivers who are trained in responding to anxiety or aggression in people with dementia can effectively reduce those symptoms, studies find. iStockphoto hide caption

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James Lee often has to pick up his 100-pound son, Justin. Photographer Andrew Nixon shot this photo in an effort to show how being caregivers affects the aging parents. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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James Lee carries his son, Justin, to the shower. Justin's parents have a lift to help move him around the house, but their nearly 100-pound son, who has cerebral palsy, often needs to be picked up. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Loretta Jackson gently stretches the hands of her sister, Shirlene English, to aid physical rehabilitation after Shirlene's brain aneurysm and stroke. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Rick and Marianne wash dishes together. She no longer remembers that he is her husband. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Minnesota, Washington and Oregon topped the ranking, which looked at 26 variables, including affordability and whether patients could get good paid care at home. Alabama and Kentucky came in last. Fred Froese/iStockphoto hide caption

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Taking care of a family member can be a life-extending experience, a study finds. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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