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Caring for Alzheimer's patients
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
September marks World Alzheimer's Awareness Month. The Alzheimer's Association says it's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., with no way to prevent or cure it. The association predicts in the next 12 years, 470,000 Texans will be diagnosed with the disease. The unsung hero, though, is sometimes the caregiver. Rosalyn Williams is dedicating her life to that role.
She spends her afternoons, evenings and weekends taking care of Alzheimer's patients at an assisted care center in Beaumont. When she goes home to Port Arthur, she takes care of her mother, who is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's.
"I'm just happy that she's here and I'm so pleased that I get an opportunity to take care of her like she took care of me," said Williams. "She was the best mom you could ask for, and still is."
She says although it's a 24-hour a day job, she doesn't view it as a burden. The caregiver calls it a chance to learn.
"There's a story behind each and every one of them. Like there's a story behind her, she's a mother," said Williams. "These patients they have jumped out of airplanes, they have been lawyers and judges and you get all of that, and that's what makes your day."
Williams tries to maintain a good attitude, but admits thinking about the future is difficult.
"After a while she may not even really remember me," said Williams about her mom. "That's the hardest part, her not remembering me. That's what it is and it hurts my heart to even, to say that."
Now, Williams is a full-time caregiver.