Caregivers gather to fight Alzheimer's Disease at Greenville conference

Caregivers gather to fight Alzheimer's Disease at Greenville conference. (April 24, 2018).

There are note takers, statistics on slides and speakers at Greenville Water. However, those who are attending the session are getting an overflow of information regarding Alzheimer's Disease.

"It was forgetfulness and asking the same questions over and over, not remembering names just little things. I knew immediately that something was wrong," Lil Paxton said.

Paxton is paying close attention because a doctor diagnosed her husband, John with Alzheimer's Disease in 2008. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that destroys memory and mental functions.

"He spasmodically took his medicine," Paxton said. "He started with my insistence taking it on a regular basis and I think it has helped slow the progression of the disease."

Paxton is one of dozens who attended the conference in Greenville for caregivers who have loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer's.

Jamie Guay is the program director with the Alzheimer's Association of South Carolina. She said they help anyone with any type of dementia.

Caregivers had access to vendors and resources, like a "What to Expect" guide book, which Guay put together.

"It has a list of the resources, it has a list of home safety, home care," Guay said. "Just to kind of get people connected with other people and so that they know that they're not alone- because this is a very isolating disease."

It's why Paxton attended the event, so she can continue to help herself and her husband.

"You have to help your loved one by doing something about it," Paxton said. For more information on Alzheimer's Disease click here, or call the 24/7 Alzheimer's Association line at 1-800-272-3900.

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