Jun 8, 2022 • 35M

Dealing with Dementia in a Loved One

A physician describes her long, winding journey through the minefields of health care.

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When a loved one develops dementia, everything changes. Dr. Susan Wilson Krechel describes her long and difficult journey trying to care for her husband and afford him the best possible quality of life as his mind “aged in reverse.” Her story takes them through a succession of hospitals, rehab facilities, and nursing homes with radically different approaches and widely varying costs. Along the way, she also describes moments of joy and surprise, and she offers nuggets of advice for caregivers.

Dr. Krechel is the author of How to Navigate the Minefield that is Dementia with Your Loved One.