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  • Writer's pictureBarbara Huelat

Today is National Alzheimer's Day

Today, on National Alzheimer's Day, I find myself reflecting on a deeply personal journey – my role as a caregiver for my beloved husband who battled Alzheimer's disease. It's a day when we collectively raise awareness about dementia and celebrate the unsung heroes who provide relentless care and support to their loved ones facing this heart-wrenching condition. My book, Taming the Chaos of Dementia shares my story, in the hope that it resonates with other caregivers who, like me, have embarked on this challenging but profoundly meaningful path. Dementia, as I learned firsthand, is a complex and relentless adversary. It doesn't just affect memory; it chips away at one's very essence, robbing them of their ability to communicate, reason, and carry out the simplest of tasks. It's an uphill battle filled with moments of heartache and frustration, but also moments of connection and love that shine through the fog of memory loss.

On National Alzheimer's Day, my heart overflows with gratitude for the time I had with Joe and for the strength I found within myself as his caregiver. Today, as we come together to honor those who have faced Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, let us remember that the personal stories of caregivers, like mine, illustrate the unwavering power of love and resilience in the face of adversity.

My journey has shown me the critical importance of advancing dementia research. Supporting organizations and initiatives dedicated to Alzheimer's and dementia research is a meaningful way to make a difference.

As I reflect on my journey as a caregiver, I hope that my story resonates with others who have faced similar challenges. On National Alzheimer's Day, let us celebrate the strength and resilience of caregivers and honor their unwavering dedication to nurturing both the hearts and minds of those they love. Together, we can make a difference and move closer to a world where Alzheimer's is a thing of the past. #Tamingthechaosofdementia

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