With an Alzheimer's epidemic now predicted by 2050, a Seattle family currently coping with the disease is offering a unique perspective inside of it.
Corie and Bob Borish were married just 12 years ago. It was a second marriage for both of them, and together, they planned to enjoy their golden years.
Then, six years ago, when Bob turned 83, something started to change.
I think the biggest clue came after the diagnosis, he got lost trying to pick up his granddaughter in the neighborhood, Corie said.
The couple knew they were dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's, but Corie said it took years to fully understand what was happening.
It's a constant sadness, this disease, she said. You slowly, as a caregiver, you become a monitor. You have to monitor everything. You're always on.
After five years as his full-time caregiver, Corie hired outside help to come to their home. By the time he was 89, she says, it was clear he needed to be in a longterm care facility.
The decision wasn't easy.
It's uncharted territory for you, she said. You just don't know how your partner is going to end up and how truly lost he's going to be, and that's really sad to imagine.
Theirs is a love story shared with so many couples coping with Alzheimer's.
Corie now visits Bob every day, but their time together is never long enough.
Her biggest fear is that one day, he'll forget her, for good.
I guess I'm preparing myself for that, because that to me is a tragic moment, she said.
When she heard that the number of people with Alzheimer's coupld triple over the next three decades, Corie says she was saddened, but not surprised.
According to the Alzheimer's Association of Western Washington, there are more than 250,000 people in this state alone, who are directly impacted by the disease.
Corie's says the association has been a great resource to her. She encourages anyone touched by the disease to reach out for help, join a support group, and remember you're not alone.
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