In the U.S. today, over 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia. Each of these individuals has a story. And each one has caregivers, with stories of their own.
You have questions – so many questions about what is happening now, and what is to come. How do I cope with this new manifestation of the disease? How do I prepare for an uncertain future?
This is especially true when just navigating your way through each day can be overwhelming.
Contained within these pages are answers to some of your questions as well as strategies for your future. In navigating this journey, it is important to remember two essential truths. The first is that the body may fail, and the mind may wander, but the spirit – the person inside – remains intact. The caregiver’s role is to maximize the remaining strengths of the person they care for.
The second is that you are not alone. Caregiving is often an isolating experience.
Stories from the lives of others let us know that our experiences are not unique. Be assured that many have gone before, and others are walking the same road today.
This is “I Know You by Heart: Navigating the Dementia Journey.”