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Dementia and Alzheimer’s: The Challenges of a Caregiver

Alzheimer’s has the uncanny ability to reach across barriers like race, generation, and social class and destroy lives regardless of who the people were in their past.

This touching story written by Demecia Wooten-Irizarry is one daughter’s experience as she took up the caregiver role for her mother, Carethey. Demecia’s story is also a powerful tribute to her mother and while recounting her personal her struggles as she watches her mom slip away.

Once, her mom was a strong and self-confident woman. As her mother transforms into a shadow of her former self, Demecia has had to lean heavily on her social work background, but still needs help from her dad and sister. Together, they help make sure her mom has the care she needs each day, but admits that working with family as primary caregivers can be tough.

Read her touching tribute here and watch a video on caregiver training.

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