Oct 19, 2010

Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Lindsey Jordan -- 'Teen Caregiver' (Essay)

Lindsey Jordan is sixteen years old. Her father is in the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and she helps her mother in caring for him...

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Ms Jordan is a speaker and advocate for Alzheimer's disease caregivers. She also talks to fellow teens about Alzheimer's disease. She shared this essay as part of the The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's Disease.

Here is an excerpt from her essay Teen Caregiver.

Care-giving is a 24-hour-a-day job, and I helped Mom wherever I could. As a young child, I remember helping Dad get dressed, tying his shoes, and preparing his breakfast, all before I went to school.

I often held my Dad's hand so he wouldn't wander and get lost. I worried when he did. To calm both our fears, I often read and sang to him. All the simple things we took for granted became much more difficult.

Although I try to be strong, it has been extremely stressful and absolutely devastating to watch what this disease has done to my Dad, my family, and our friends.

I wish no one ever has to learn first-hand what it's like to struggle financially because of this disease, or shed tears of frustration and pain because they are worried about their loved ones and their own future.

To read Lindsey Jordon's essay Teen Caregiver -- go here.

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