Nevada Caregiver Stories
According to the "Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update" report published by the AARP Public Policy Institute, there are an estimated 500,000 family caregivers in Nevada. Read the true, inspiring stories from four Nevada caregivers, written in their own words for this website.
My name is Bonnie Timmreck. I care for my husband Tim who has Alzheimer's Disease, Tim's Alzheimer's surfaced about five years ago. A formal diagnosis was given two years ago.
Alzheimer's long diagnostic process and progressive nature has meant that I have gradually taken on a caregiver role. I really do not have works to describe the ongoing grieving I'm experiencing as Alzheimer's changes each of us, our marriage and Tim's roles of Dad, Brother, Friend. He is slowly disappearing. When Tim was diagnosed, we were in Arizona enjoying a long-planned-for snowbird life... a dream which ended that day. We sold our property and came home to Nevada full time.
My name is Marge Purdy and I care for my husband, Jerry. I have been providing care since our family doctor recommended that I should accompany my husband on all of his doctor visits. I knew something was different in our lives but couldn't put my finger on it. Jerry always had a great memory, could remember details better than anyone I knew, however there were major events we'd had in the past, like two trips to Alaska and another where we climbed Mt. Whitney that he couldn't recall. This was a huge flag for me that something was amiss.
My name is Nora McGinley, I have been providing care for my 90 year old Mother since June 2009, this is the hardest job that I have ever done! My Mother is almost blind from Glaucoma, she has congestive heart failure and a pacemaker. She started her medical journey with a pacemaker and then not three weeks later, she had to have a lead replaced that was laying on her diaphragm, and was given too much anesthesia and almost died.
This is when I started becoming my Mother's caregiver.
My name is Robbin Vasquez. I care for my 2 sons, Zac: age 13 and Alonzo: age 17, as a single mom with a full time job. My 13 year old was diagnosed with autism just before his 3rd birthday. He was then diagnosed with leukemia when he was 6 and, after 28 months in remission, he was diagnosed with a relapse of his leukemia. When he turns 15 he will have been on chemo for half of his life.
And.... My parents are in their 80s and although they can still get around they need ever increasing help with medical care, managing medicines and technical support. I guess that makes me a compound caregiver.
Below you will find a link to a caregiver forum provided by Agingcare.com. The forum is an online space where caregivers can share experiences and ask or answer questions. Registration is required to post, but it is quick, easy, and free. The posts are open for anyone to read without registration.
Chances are, most of us will eventually become a caregiver to a parent. This forum is an opportunity for people to share their caregiving experiences, and those experiences are valuable even across state lines. Sharing may help lead those with questions to the best answers available.
Caregivers and family members are responsible for their own choices. This forum does not take the place of professional help. Sometimes what people most need is the ability to share with someone else who understands their problems and challenges. This forum may provide that.
Just remember, as in all exchanges with strangers, that you should never reveal personally identifying information. You should not need to share identifying information to benefit from using this forum. You can tell your story without using real names, addresses, phone numbers, or financial information.
Visit the AgingCare.com Caregiver Forum now.
Are you caring for a loved one who has served in the US Armed Forces?
The Veteran's Administration has a toolbox for you. Caregivers can access information and resources to help whether you are new to family caregiving or looking for fresh tips and resources. Visit the VA Caregiver Toolbox today!