My mother died on December 28, 2006. Although she was 93 years old when she died, she was spry and energetic up until the last eight years.
Eight years ago she was diagnosed with dementia, and three years later, it became Alzheimer's. I was her caregiver evenings and every weekend for eight years. I could not get any government agency to help with the care because it was a mental problem and not a physical problem. So I paid for private care, every day for eight years, 10 hours a day. My other alternative was to put her in a nursing home, which to me was not an alternative.
I think we should begin to think about our seniors. They worked hard all their lives and it is now time for us to give back. I am a baby boomer, and I along with many others will be the next generation to need care.