Olivia from Florida

Hello. My name is Olivia and I am my mother's primary caregiver, her name is Rosalinda and she is 61 years young! My family and I have been taking care of her for 11 years and she's been living with us for about 4 years now. She was diagnosed with Dementia at the young age of 54, then Alzheimer's at 58. It's been one hell of a rollercoaster of stress, emotions, questions and exhaustion! But we love her and know the good we are doing by the quality of care she receives. Thankful to the fullest for our local Agency for Aging that helped us so much during the beginning times of our journey. Mom attends an adult day care during the day so I can continue to work and provide for my young family of 5 - including mom! Life isn't easy or fair at times, but your attitude about it all makes all the difference. When her moments of clarity come in and she's full of joy I know we are doing amazing things for her! God Bless all the caregivers and their families!

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