When Darlene Lyon’s husband Chris was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 61 and her brother Gene suffered a stroke, Darlene found herself serving as the caregiver for both men. As Darlene cares for Chris, whose dementia is advancing and Gene, who can no longer walk, she realizes it takes a lot of support and greatly appreciates and relies on several agencies including the Alzheimer’s Association. Darlene also realizes that caregiving takes a sense of humor.
“We try to make the best of things and have a good laugh from time to time and I do my best to take care of myself,” says Darlene. “I know that is very important so that I can continue to provide quality care for Chris and Gene.”
Because of her exemplary work as a caregiver, Darlene has been named as the Linda Carr Family Caregiver of the Year by the Nevada Caregiver Coalition. Darlene was nominated for the award by the Alzheimer’s Association. As part of her award, she received Congressional recognition from Nevada’s elected officials and a $100 check. Congratulations Darlene!