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Alzheimer’s and My Grandma: A Caregiver Story

“You can’t give care to somebody unless you can give care to yourself first.” This was a lesson that Ajiitha, a second-generation caregiver, learned from watching her mom slowly forget her own needs when she became a full-time caregiver for Ajiitha’s grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that is not commonly spoken of in […]

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May Thu, 2019

“You can’t give care to somebody unless you can give care to yourself first.”

This was a lesson that Ajiitha, a second-generation caregiver, learned from watching her mom slowly forget her own needs when she became a full-time caregiver for Ajiitha’s grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that is not commonly spoken of in her Tamil culture. Over time, and with help from professional health care professionals and family members, Ajiitha’s mom was able to achieve a balance between caring for her own mom and having a closer relationship with her daughter.

Can you relate to Ajiitha’s story? Tell us your experience in the comments below or share this story so that other caregivers know that they’re not alone on their caregiving journey.

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