Alzheimer’s Disease: A Story About Caregivers

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For people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the disease is a difficult whirlwind of emotions. The mental strain on their loved ones around them, however, is especially daunting as well.

Every day, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s increases. In West Virginia, over 44,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease.

But this is not about the numbers, or the symptoms. It’s about the impact on not only those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but also their loved ones, who often take on the role as their caregiver.

“My mom is usually very happy, and cheerful, and up, and has a lot of good memories, and I usually just try to focus on the good things,” said Marti Shamberger, whose mother suffers from dementia.

Shamberger has a full time job, a family with two kids, and a seat on Morgantown City Council. She never thought she’d be watching her mother suffer from dementia, with Shamberger and her father both taking on dual roles as caregiver. “You know, sometimes I feel pretty overwhelmed,” Shamberger said. “But I’ve learned when people say ‘What can I do to help you?’ to take them up on it.”

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