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Fort Wayne woman cares for mom living with Alzheimer's

Dementia affects one in 10 people over the age of 65.

Posted: Jun 24, 2018 8:01 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2018 10:17 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- It's the age-old tale. Our parents take care of us, and one day, we may end up taking care of them.

Linda Thomas-Carlisle brought her mom, Mary, to live with her a couple years ago when she started showing signs of Alzheimer's Dementia.

Dementia affects one in 10 people over the age of 65.

"We started seeing it about three years ago, three to four years ago. Different things. Her repeating the same things over, or her not changing clothes," Thomas-Carlisle said.

They're just like any other family-- laughing at the kitchen table and reminiscing on good times, but some days are unpredictable.

When Mary does have a hard day, her daughter is there to show her family pictures or sit with her in the garden.

"We sit around and we might show pictures from the picture album book, and she kind of says, 'Well, who's such and such? Who is this? Who is that,' which plays a big part," Thomas-Carlisle said.

But, it's also important to take care of herself. That's where Misty Stephens and Caregiver Homes come in.

"If a caregiver is not able to take care of themselves adequately, their loved one is not going to be able to be cared for as well, so we support and facilitate the caregiver in the environment just as much as we support the consumer," Stephens said.

Stephens also prepares the family for the future.

"As the disease progresses, you sometimes find that people forget what to do with things that they've always known, for an example an ink pen, or a fork," she said.

For now, the family is enjoying their time with Mary in a safe, familiar place.

"My mom's not nursing home material. She's right here in this type of home material,"Thomas-Carlisle said.

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