The "taking care of a stranger" feeling is one of the most rewarding lesson of dealing with Alzheimer's in our families. Even though it is one of the most difficult lessons of this human experience, "forgetting" what we knew about our significant ones, and accepting that they are not only our father or our mother, but also an ordinary human being that needs help and affection. That is the extraordinary connection we do through this learning. Paid givers do that because they have that responsibility, and many of them really care about others. No matter if others see us in this mission of helping others (family members or strangers), our solidarity with the needy (in terms of care) is a spiritual enlightenment to cope with the darkness of the disease.
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