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DIAGNOSED AT AGE 56 WITH AN AGGRESSIVE FORM OF EARLY-ONSET ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE,

Joe, a father of three children in college, went from being an energetic, successful engineer to someone who needed help with basic tasks. As the disease progressed, his 52-year-old wife was forced to give up her job to take care of him, and the family’s fi nances slid rapidly downhill. The burden of care fell almost solely on his wife. “I was desperate,” she says. “He went down very rapidly. I couldn’t lift him. He was incontinent. He couldn’t eat. This was my husband of more than 30 years and I didn’t know what to do.”
Unfortunately, this is an all-too-familiar experience for those who fi nd themselves caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, other chronic conditions or simply caring for an aging loved one. The diffi culty is increased when the caregiver has other responsibilities. “Caregiving is an exhausting job—emotionally, physically and fi nancially,” wrote the late Maureen Reagan, daughter of America’s most famous Alzheimer’s patient, former President Ronald Reagan. Added Reagan, “It is not a job that anyone—however strong and resourceful—can do by themselves.”

help is available

But there is good news for North Brevard families. Parrish Senior Solutions is an attentive, sensitive, convenient and comprehensive resource and referral service for seniors, their families and caregivers who need any kind of help, not just for Alzheimer’s. Current and planned services include a resource library, support groups, seminars, workshops and much more. A specially trained team, including a full-time case manager and volunteers, is on-site to provide personalized assistance. Parrish Senior Solutions is temporarily located next to the Parrish Senior Consultation Center on Century Medical Drive. Parrish Senior Consultation Center and Parrish Senior Solutions will be the fi rst to open their doors at Parrish Health Village, currently in development.
Our lives are a journey. Parrish Senior Solutions is here to serve as a loving travel companion—to walk hand-in-hand with individuals and families facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other healthrelated issue—to ensure the journey is graceful, respectful and dignified.

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