The prevalence of dementia is expected to increase with our aging population. A critical piece of providing quality health care to individuals living with dementia is to also support his or her caregiver(s) through the experience. In order to accomplish this it is important to appreciate the caregiver's unique experience in terms of their individual strengths and challenges. A recent article published in the Toronto Star highlights Joan Sutton's personal experience in caring for her husband with Alzheimer's disease. She states, "I have come to think of Alzheimer's disease as a cat burglar - a stealthy thief with infinite patience. He doesn't steal all your memory at once - he just slips in and takes a little bit here and a little bit there and then disappears for a while. You start to think you are safe. But back he comes, to take another piece of the precious self - and all that goes with it." To read more about her journey check out this thought-provoking article.
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