By: Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 19, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Becoming forgetful, memories starting to fade, that’s the reality for the 5,000 people in Tallahassee living with Alzheimer’s.
Sisters Beretta Young and Gloria Singleton make up the thousands more caring for people like their mother.
Co-caregiver Bretta Young said, “Just to see her like she is now, is very difficult…You have to make sure she takes her shots, so that’s a thing we have to get used to, being right there.”
Co-caregiver Gloria Singleton said,”It’s not just the physical needs but her emotional needs too.”
The Alzheimer’s Association says nearly two out of every three caregivers feels isolated while taking care of someone with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Association Central & North Florida Vice President Hannah Volz said,” Often times they put their loved one before them because, obviously, pressing medical needs. But, taking care of themselves is really important so they can continue to take care of their loved one as well.”
Young and Singleton agree, saying they can’t imagine not having a support system.
“You just have to deal with it the best way you can, like I said, having her and my brother is giving me a lot of relief,” said Singleton.
“She did it for us when we were little and we will do it for her over and over and over again,” said Young.
Doing what they can to take care of their mother, leaning on each other along the way.
The Area Agency on Aging in Tallahassee helps and gives advice for those struggling to care for a loved one with dementia.
They’re also hosting a free “Memories in the Making” art…