I read a great article in my local newspaper today written by a teenager named David Marshall who helps take care of his grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. I just wanted to say “bravo” to this young man for compassionately offering to help his parents care for an afflicted member of their family. This is a difficult job requiring a great deal of sacrifice, and this young man is learning important lessons that will stay with him for the rest of his life, as he has already discovered.
Living with an older person with Alzheimer’s has changed the way I look at aging and at the responsibilities we have in regard for our parents and grandparents.
You can read the article “When Teens Are Caretakers” by David Marshall from the State Journal-Register here.
Reference and image courtesy of the State Journal Register December 14, 2010