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Muffett's Story

Muffett has been caring for her mother with dementia for nine years, enduring her own personal heartaches in silence.

Yvonne's Story

Yvonne struggles to find answers for her mom's Alzheimer's disease.

Vivian's Story

Vivian shares her heartfelt Mother's Day letter and eulogy about her mom. 

Beverly's Story

Beverly shares her "Lessons from Alzheimer's."

Donna's Story

Donna has turned 59, only one year away from the age her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Georgia's Story

Georgia's family lived with and loved their Mom through her nearly 15 year battle with this mind-erasing disease.

Cindy's Story

More effective treatments for Alzheimer's  this is Cindy's dream so that others don't have to lose their loved ones to Alzheimer's.

Sherry's Story

Sherry's mom and aunt both had Alzheimer's. Now every time she forgets something, she worries she is next.

Kathy's Story

First Kathy lost her dad to Alzheimer's. Now she is caring for her mom who has the disease. It hurts to know that her mom will go through the same things her dad did.

Earl's Story

Based on his experience caring for his mom, Earl outlines 10 tips to help people with Alzheimer's. 

Amy's Story

Amy's children are her champions. At ages 12 and 13, they remind Amy every day that love from their grandma is more important than her remembering their names.

Maria's Story

It pains Maria to see her mom's personality change.  

Mary Beth's Story

Caregivers share their stories of heartbreak about losing the person they once knew. For Mary Beth's family, her dad's Alzheimer's brought out the man she never knew he could be.

Robyn's Story

Robyn is the sole caregiver for her mom. Having her mom live with her gives Robyn a chance to tell her "I love you" everyday.

Susan's Story

Susan thought her mom's memory lapses were due to old age.

Louise's Story

To caregivers faced with moving a loved one to a nursing home, Louise has some advice.

Theresa's Story

Theresa has lost four of her siblings to Alzheimer's. Her doctor says not to worry about her own memory loss. Is she concerned? You bet she is.

Elizabeth's Story

Elizabeth is mourning the loss of the mother she once knew. Some words of comfort from her sister-in-law has helped her immeasurably. Read Elizabeth's story and find out what was said ...

Francisca's Story

Alzheimer's disease knows no borders. Francisca is from Chile, and her whole family takes a part in taking care of her granny.

Edi's Story

Edi wrote a book to share her caregiving experience with others.

Louann's Story

Her mom's increasing symptoms and her sister's denial is leaving Louann unsure about what steps to take next. 

Anne's Story

When Anne's mother passed away, her father's memory loss became more apparent to the family. She tells of the pain and guilt watching him slowly fade away.

Nancy's Story

Nancy's wrote "A Journey's End" for her 90-year-old mother who currently resides in a nursing home.

Kathy's Story

At Kathy's house, she and her dad use Aricept, Namenda and laughter to fight Alzheimer's.

Kristen's Story

Kristen shares her Father's Day tribute to her dad, Bill, who passed away from Alzheimer's. 

Ted's Story

Ted shares with us stories he posts on his blog: Alzheimer's: A blog of my own.

Marilyn's Story

Marilyn wonders if her mom can still be left alone.

Cathy's Story

Gus is Cathy's older brother. He lives in a nursing home where she spends time with him three times a week. She also brightens the day of other residents who never seem to have any visitors.

Peggy's Story

Peggy's mom smiles when she sees her children, even though she doesn't recognize them. There's a light in all of us, don't you think? 

Larry's Story

Larry's eldest sister started to have changes in her personality. At first, the family thought the changes were brought on by the shock of her husband's death.

Randy's Story

Randy's poem captures what it must have been like for his mom to live with Alzheimer's.  

Cathy's Story

Cathy watched as her mom cared for her grandma with Alzheimer's. Now that her stepfather has the disease, she has moved in to help her mom care for him.

Dianne's Story

After years of sleepless nights caring for her husband, Dianne's children persuaded her it was time to move their dad into a nursing home.    

Nikki's Story

At 33, Nikki took charge of caring for her grandmother, Flossie (also affectionally known as Muddear). Nikki writes about her experience in her blog, Dementia-Thoughts.  

Eric's Story

Eric and his wife cared for her grandmother. Although it could be exhausting, the experience was the most rewarding they have ever had.

Amy's Story

Amy's dad has Alzheimer's and no health insurance. The retirement money he worked so hard to earn will now go toward paying for his care. 

Susanna's Story

Susanna's one sentence has been thought a thousand times by other caregivers.

Peggy's Story

Peggy made a decision to spare her mother the painful rediscovery that she had Alzheimer's.

Steve's Story

Steve was only 13 when he was given the adult responsibility of caring for his mother.

Karen's Story

Karen's husband was diagnosed six years ago at the age of 36. Read how Alzheimer's impacted their young family.

Vicki's Story

Vicki's mom is slipping away a bit each day, leaving both her and her mom scared and sad. She pleads for people to pay attention to the affects of this disease, and for researchers to get moving toward a cure.  

Chuck's Story

Chuck's sweetheart has cared for others all her life. He is returning the love by caring for her as long as he can. 

Eva's Story

Eva manages caring for her husband of 55 years with the support of her large and loving extended family.

Gloria's Story

Gloria is in a situation many caregivers know too well: the hours you are able to work go down because the hours you need to care for a loved one go up.

Alison's Story

There are millions of long-distance caregivers in the United States. But for Alison, she chose to pack up her life in New York City and move to Florida to care for her mom. 

Cheryl's Story

Cheryl cares for her mom. Se says if the public really knew what Alzheimer's does to a person, there would be more action to fight it.

Ruth's Story

An art therapist, Ruth encourages individuals with Alzheimer's to communicate through drawing and painting. She shares her shock learning of her own mother's diagnosis, and how she encouraged her mom to express herself through pictures.  

Marilyn's Story

At age 17, Marilyn became a caregiver to her father. At age 26, she found herself the caregiver for her mother. Now approaching 30, Marilyn realizes "that nearly half of her life has been spent wrangling with Alzheimer’s disease."

Lisa's Story

Every Sunday, Lisa visits her 73-year-old mother who has Alzheimer's. Her story shares the joy and heartbreak of simply being in the moment with a loved one. 

Shirley's Story

Shirley describes how her husband became known as the "Fred Astaire of Mexico" at the adult day center. 


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