I will try and keep this as brief as possible.
My husband Ken, who is 65, was recently diagnosed with dementia. Ken also has diabetes and a seizure disorder, just to add to the health issues. In January, I became very concerned about his condition, when he was out driving and called me to say that he was confused and didn't know where he was. After some conversation, I was able to figure out where he was and then was able to go and get him. In order to figure out his health issues, I took a leave of absence from my job.
Within a few weeks it became obvious that I would have to resign my job, as Ken was not capable of taking his medications at the proper times and would, on occasion, take his pills within hours of the last dose. With neither of us working, bills have begun to pile up and that is why I am now asking for any assistance that I can get, from both friends and strangers.
Being a caregiver means that the jobs originally taken care of by your spouse are now the jobs of the caregiver. Things like paying bills, mowing lawns, household repairs, etc.. I am becoming a skilled plumber. The biggest challenge, however, is trying to remain calm so that he can be relaxed.