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The Eldercare Consultant by Becky Feola

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Introduction

For years, I wondered when I would know the time had come. The answer became crystal clear in the early morning hours of December 27, 2004. From the moment I walked into the kitchen and saw my husband standing at the sink, I knew my world was about to fall apart. Neil was highly agitated, glaring out the window, and talking to himself. His repetitive hand gestures and rapid eye movements had become a warning sign that he was not in a rational frame of mind. While there had been other situations where he was combative and angry, the atmosphere on this day was heavy and ominous. Though this was my husband standing before me, he was a stranger in our home.

Neil was suffering from Huntington’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder. ...

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