I'm New Here, Looking Forward to Connecting

robert

I'm New Here, Looking Forward to Connecting

robert
rings-249293_640My name is Robert and I live in Iowa with my 90-year-old husband. I'm 47 and have had to be his caregiver since his health has declined over the last two years. He has some dementia now as well as being on oxygen.

Our relationship has changed as you can imagine and it's almost hard for me to remember what it was like before. I don't have much help so it's a 24/7 job and some days I feel like it's taking a toll on me. I have recently met a woman from home health care that I can hire to sit with him if I need to get away which I have done on two occasions. Last Saturday I went to an event and one of the members from this website (@thpurplejacket) gave a presentation about being a caregiver for his partner. It was difficult to watch as his older partner eventually got cancer and passed away.

I'm open to any advice and would like to meet others that are dealing with being a caregiver to someone with dementia.