MOUNT VERNON — Whenever the words “Alzheimer’s disease” or “dementia” are uttered, whether they’re personal or not, your heart probably picks up the pace a bit. It’s an uphill battle that nobody asks for or knows how to deal with after the diagnosis is made, but regardless of the fact, there is always someone who knows what you’re going through.
John Phillips has been attending Alzheimer’s Meetings at Emeritus at Hillenvale for six months.
“I started going to them because I wanted to hear what other people were dealing with. When you go you find out you’re not the lone stranger, there’s a whole lot of people out there with this very bad situation and some of them have it worse than you do,” said Phillips.
“That’s the main reason I started going to them, and I had to learn to ask questions about what other people were doing handling, because sometimes, handling certain situations is really tough and I wanted to find out what other people do and how they are dealing with their family members. You know when they get into these really bad situations and you find out that yes, they too have their problems,” said Phillips.
Phillips’ wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about two or three years ago; the couple has been married for 52 years. Phillips said that the couple went to their annual wellness checkup and he hadn’t realized how bad things had gotten.
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