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‘I am not alone:’ How a California county is helping Hispanic family caregivers find peace
By Natalia Rodriguez Medina and Tom Kisken, Democrat & Chronicle, July 12, 2021
The collaborative’s first series, Invisible Army: Caregivers on the Front Lines, focuses on potential solutions to challenges facing caregivers of older adults.
Through 27 years of marriage, Amalia and Félix Santiago have taken care of each other. The devotion, in their eyes, is a duty. It is what they vowed.
When Félix Santiago, 84, started showing signs of dementia two years ago, his wife took notice. He could not remember the names of movies a half-hour after watching them. He forgot his address and his phone number.
“When you see the person you love going through those things, you feel so impotent,” Amalia Santiago said. “It’s heartbreaking.”
The Santiagos, an elderly Latino couple living in California, are part of a demographic that is often hard to reach for service providers seeking to help caregivers.