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Real Life as a Caregiver for a Dementia Patient

Sarah Webb
By Sarah Webb

Real life as a caregiver is stressful, overwhelming and can be isolating. Ernie shares his real life experience along with practical tips.

Ernie has been with the Alzheimer’s Association for 3 years as a Dementia Care Specialist. I work in the REACH program which is designed to support and counsel Caregivers of those diagnosed with Dementia. REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health).¬† He did both my undergrad and graduate studies at Tarleton State University where I finished with a M.S. in Counseling and Education.

Ernie was a Caregiver for his Mother, his Uncle and his younger sister who has been diagnosed with early stage Dementia.

As part of the James L. West Series for caregivers, today we are going to focus our conversation on the realities of caregivers.

http://www.jameslwest.org/

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28735. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Sarah Webb
A bit about me, I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee and volunteer. I am married and have two children - one who aspires to be a secret spy ninja and the other wants be a doctor for toys...Read More
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