The Voice of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Caregiver Speaks

Posted on April 28th, 2011

BY:  Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC
President Elder Connections

Elder Connections is determined to support our commitment to eradicate Alzheimer’s Disease.  We want to share your story — The Voices of Alzheimer’s.  Our pledge is a donation in your   or your loved one’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Laurelle’s Personal Story

My husband is 90 years old and living in an Alzheimer’s Unit of a Nursing Home.  My life has been in a state of shock — never did I imagine the horror of this world of Alzheimer’s.

Once a darling Scottish man, a servant leader for our church and in the Royal Air Force, who enjoyed gardening is now lost in his memory and dependent upon the care of a nursing home.

The journey began in 2008, when I noticed his symptoms of dementia and challenges associated with daily living.  The emotional pain of watching my husband slip away continues to cause my heartache.  I wish for more information — from medical advice, caregiver support and directives in planning for what lies ahead.  And yet, this experience teaches me extreme compassion with a desire to help others facing similar problems.  If we all give with our hearts and contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association in search for a cure.  Imagine the difference in the lives of many Alzheimer patients and their families.

Our hearts go out to Laurelle and her husband.

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