Dave German shared some of his perspective on caregiving for his wife, Linda, who had Alzheimer’s, at Adira’s recent Pilot ND Congress. Below are some excerpts from his story, including a poem he read.

To me the most important thing a caregiver can do is try and understand what the Alzheimer’s sufferer is going through. Taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s is a 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year responsibility. Things can go wrong at any time—we all know that people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s not their fault, but things can go wrong.

As of now, there’s really very little medically you can do with Alzheimer’s, however once a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, all they have is hope. And that’s what the caregiver also has is hope. Hope that a cure can be found. Hope that the progression can be slowed or hope to ease the symptoms. I feel clinical trials provide that hope. There really is hope out there and they are starting to really do different things—whether it’s to slow the progression, or to calm some of the symptoms—all of these things are positive.

David and Linda's wedding photo.
A more recent photo of David and Linda.