We spent Thanksgiving with my cousin and her husband, who is moving into the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. Over three days, I watched in awe as she patiently and lovingly cared for her partner of 23 years even though most of the time he didn’t recognize where he was or whom he was with.
“Please be advised that as your parents get older there are no resources to help you to care for them. If you have no money at all, the government will try to help but the process is cumbersome and the wait can be long. If you have a lot of money, the care is there but the quality and availability is not guaranteed. Finally, if you fall somewhere in the middle, you are on your own, so plan accordingly.” This is the public service announcement I think should be broadcast nationwide because people need to know the truth.