I have had the privilege of working the past nine months for a Cape Cod Alzheimer’s support center as a social work intern from Boston University. Many people have asked about my experience of working with those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. They are surprised when I tell them that it has been an inspiring experience.
I have witnessed the strength of spirit of those facing this overwhelming disease and their ability to find joy in each day. I have observed the dedication caregivers have for their loved ones and how they handle the daily challenge of caring for someone with a neurodegenerative disorder with grace and hope.
Words like grace and hope don’t come to mind when we think of Alzheimer’s disease. A hopeful sign also can be found in our State House. The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Act passed the House, yet hasn’t been passed by the Senate. This bill would fund a plan to find effective ways to help individuals and their caregivers. It can use our support to push for its passage.
The writer is pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hanover.