My great-grandmother was diagnosed with dementia when I was a teenager. In the beginning it was easy to help care for her, but as everyone got older family moved out of state. My aunt was the main caretaker for my great-grandmother and even moved into her home to care for her. My great-grandmother stole everything she thought was interesting and always wanted a can of beer. Because she couldn't remember having a beer, she always wanted one more, so the non-alcohol beer worked best in our case! I helped care for my great-grandmother, and my family took turns spending time with her while my aunt worked, or took a break. It was a lot on my family, so we moved her into a secured memory care unit at a senior living community. We had the chance to visit whenever (I also worked there, so I saw her daily) and it was a huge stress reliever. She received all the care she needed and we were still able to take her out whenever we wanted. It was tough, but the support of family helped.
I care(d) a total of 5 years for a female