It starts with a diagnosis.
“All of the people you know and love still know and love you, but they really cannot understand what’s happening,” said Diane Goldstein.
After that, daily life becomes a struggle.
“It’s very easy to get very depressed and lonely when you’re a caregiver to an Alzheimer’s patient,” Goldstein said.
While she felt alone, she soon learned she’s not.
While this may seem like a basic, roundtable discussion, it’s actually a life-link for Goldstein and many others, including David Sprenkel whose wife has Alzheimer’s.
“It’s hard to be able to try to help her when she can’t help herself,” he said.
All of these people take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia and attend Caregiver Bootcamp at the Naples Senior Center.