‘They’re totally consumed’: Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers need more help

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia can be a 24/7 job, leaving caregivers emotionally and physically exhausted.

 

by Juliette Rihl, PublicSource

The first time Betty Kinter’s husband disappeared, he left their Murrysville house to grab the garbage bin at the end of their driveway and got lost. Luckily, a neighbor spotted him sitting on a wall at the beginning of their housing development, picked him up and brought him home. “I was pretty hysterical,” Kinter recalled.

The second time he disappeared, he became confused and thought someone was trying to kill him. Fearing for his life, he fled the house. After about 45 minutes of searching, the police found him hiding in the shed in their backyard.

In Pennsylvania, half a million people care for a family member or friend living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association,


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