Roger Storm of Los Altos, California, recently shared his story with the Los Altos Town Crier about being a caregiver to his wife Jane, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease affects 5.4 million Americans, and the majority of them are older than 65. Storm's wife, however, was diagnosed at 55, and over the years Storm and his three sons have developed a routine to provide home care to their loved one. They each take turns cooking, and going to the grocery store but the expenses have piled up. They hired a daytime nurse to provide home care while the rest are at school or work. Overall, Storm thinks the system works, and he has no plan on changing it, the news source reports.
According to the Shoreline Patch, caregivers are under a lot of pressure with finances and caring for a loved one. But, there are groups in which can give these individuals support and allow them to take care of themselves as well. The Family Caregiver Support Program in Washington, not only gives caregivers emotional support, but will also help out in other ways.