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Judy and Steve Johanson (Photo: Nyan Lynn)

By Nyan Lynn


Life is not easy for caregivers who have to deal with someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. In addition to kindness, they also have to show their patience to their beloved ones who have memory problems and cannot do daily tasks themselves. Depending on the stage of disease, some of them even do not remember their name, their age, and those who look after them on a day-to-day basis. Most caregivers happen to be wives or daughters.

In the following video, Judy Johanson talks about her struggles in taking care of her husband, Steven Johanson. He was just 58 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In their home in Watertown, Mrs. Johanson expressed how she felt devastated in the beginning, how her husband was depressed, and how they both decided to face this disease. Sitting beside her, Mr. Johanson occasionally jumped into the conversation to support his wife.

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When people are older, they often feel regret for what they have not done or for what they have done when they were young.

In the following video, Ann Kennedy revealed her regret. The 80-year-old lesbian has several health problems. As she has some parts of her body replaced, she described herself as a ‘bionic’ woman. In her room at Providence House, an assisted living facility, Kennedy talked about her health condition and her philosophy about life.

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About Nyan Lynn 4 Articles

Nyan Lynn is a graduate journalism student at Emerson College. He is from Myanmar. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Mawkun, a monthly in-depth magazine, in Myanmar. He has been in the media industry since mid-2006. He has covered a broad range of issues, including humanitarian crises. He learned journalism in Thailand. With an aim to improve his journalism skills, he is now studying in the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship Program.