The matriarch of John Fabiano’s family still laughs easily, but sometimes she forgets things. Twenty-minute conversations leave her in a snap. But Fabiano, 67, knows this is expected from his aunt, who has vascular dementia, a condition associated with short-term memory loss.
The Waltham man, who is the primary caregiver for 87-year-old Mary Fabiano, faces the fear and burden common to the estimated 15 million Americans responsible for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. But he’s better prepared for the hard moments that come with the disease than many caregivers, thanks to an expanded support network provided through his health insurance company and the Alzheimer’s Association.