Womens health: Moreau woman shares story of being a caregiver for husband with early-onset Alzheimers – NEWS10 ABC

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- Cheri Davies said her son, Aidan, was the first to recognize the emergence of early-onset Alzheimers Disease in her husband, Chris, when Chris was 48 years old. It wasnt long after that a close friend told Cheri her husband was repeating some of the things he said.

Thats when Davies said she started paying closer attention to Chriss behavior and noticed he was having memory problems and changes in his personality.

*Source: The Mayo Clinic

Davies, a trained clinical social worker, decided to go with her husband to his annual primary care visit and said she was shocked to hear he was having problems remembering where things were. She was also shocked when the doctor gave Chris a cognitive function test in the office that revealed there could be more going on.

Further testing showed Chris had early-onset Alzheimers Disease and despite initial success with medication, he has continued cognitive decline to the point he is no longer able to work. In order to care for her husband, Davies now works part-time and said she is grateful for the time she has with her husband and for the support she gets from family, friends, organizations, and the medical field.

Davies said she struggles with living in the moment and living with the grief from knowing her husbands disease will continue progressing. She realized soon after her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers that she was going to need the support of a counselor. Davies said although she must help her husband remember daily chores like feeding their dog, she gets help and understanding from family and friends.

*Source: Alzheimers Association

*Source: Alzheimers Association

The Alzheimers Association has a webpage dedicated to helping caregivers. Saint Peters Health Partners also offers resources for Alzheimers caregivers.

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