DOVER,Del)-A change happened in Candy Abbott's life seven years ago when her husband Drew Abbott was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She has been taking care of Drew ever since.
"Sometimes, we feel we that is something that we have to do and is something that we have too and I came to the conclusion that I get to do this and this is not that I have to do this," said Candy. "This is a privilege to be the one to take care of him."
Candy said her husband means everything to her.That is why she wrote a book about her experience "I've never Love Him More".
"The book is bringing awareness and I had not planned on going public with any of this because Drew is working through this," said Candy."We are at the late to moderate phase. We do need to bring awareness because more people are suffering from Alzheimer's."
This year about 10,000 people in Kent and Sussex County will have Alzheimer's. Some of the patients are brought here to Delaware Hospice and social worker Roxanne Cousins deals with them.
"Managing the behavior of an Alzheimer's patient is always the biggest challenge," said Cousins."It is the families the biggest challenge and our biggest challenge and when is the right time to use just behavior modification or use medication and trying to balance those things.You work with a doctor, a nurse and interdisciplinary team care team together to come up with a plan with the family to be the best for them."
Pastor Joe Cicantti says frequently visits patients with the disease.He says he listens to them, take interest in their stories, and is very attentive to their feelings.
"You want to go into their world and be in that moment with them and talk with them and just like you would do with a person that does not have Alzheimer's," said Cicantti.