MADOC, Ont. (18/10/15) - This is a story about Alzheimer’s patient and family caregiver. Dianna Patch, 72, she’s been married to her husband Jack Patch (behinds Dianna) for 54 years. After 45 years of ups and downs, Jack was diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease








This is a story about Alzheimer’s patient and family caregiver. Dianna Patch, 72, she’s been married to her husband Jack Patch (behinds Dianna) for 54 years. After 45 years of ups and downs, Jack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on the 46 years of their marriage. This makes Dianna his full-time caregiver. Love and loss exist at the same place. 

MADOC, Ont. (18/10/15) - Dianna and Jack put their hands together while watching TV. Love is still there, it never leaves. They don’t have to kiss each other for hug each other to show it, it’s in the air, it’s follows them wherever they go. Photo by Gret info
MADOC, Ont. (18/10/15) - Breakfast is Frech toast with syrup and fresh rasberries on top. Dianna can finally enjoy her breakfast break after Jack finished eating. They don’t have meals on the same table, because Jack is left-handed and it is uncomfortable info
MADOC, Ont. (18/10/15) -Jack trys to put bunny ears behind his head. Jack is still a fun guy, he didn’t lose the sense of humor that was born with him. He still makes Dianna smile, even just for a minute, it is still an escape for Dianna.  Photo by Gretch info
MADOC, Ont. (18/11/15) - Jack takes his pills once a day after dinner. Dianna has to put those pills in his hand and keep on track of when he takes them. She uses stickers to remind herself when to get refills for Jack’s prescription. Photo by Gretchen Ch info
MADOC, Ont. (18/10/15) - “Jack used to be a funny guy, he makes people laugh,” said Dianna Patch. After his diagnosis, Jack’s condition is not getting better. He would spend most of his day gazing out the window, it makes people want to know what’s on his info
MADOC, Ont. (18/11/15) - This is Dianna’s nature diary, she’s been taking notes about weather and nature changes around their house everyday for over 5 years. She loves to record what kind of wild animals she spotted under different weather on the same da info
MADOC, Ont. (18/10/15) - Jack took a walk after his lunch while Dianna cleans the kitchen. He walked into the wood but not too far away. After he comes back, he stands behind their house and look up to the sky for few minutes. Winter is coming, it’s getti info
MADOC, Ont. (17/10/15) - This is the caregiving tip sheet that given by the Alzheimer’s Society. “Our relationship is never the same since that day,” Dianna said. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
MADOC, Ont. (17/10/15) - Dianna is cooking dinner in the kitchen and Jack has the same hallow look in his eyes. They are five metres away from each other, but it’s really not that close. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
17 - MADOC, Ont. (18/10/15) – Dianna asked Jack to brush his teeth after lunch. As soon as Jack entire his bedroom, he forgets what he came upstairs for. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
MADOC, Ont. (18/11/15) - ‘This is the way to deal with stress’, it’s written under a photo of Dianna’s big smile. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
MADOC, Ont. (18/11/15) - Dianna recently dicovered her eye condition is getting worst. Every night, she has to put warm towel on her eyes before she apply her treatment. As a caregiver, sometime she forgets to take care of herself. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
MADOC, Ont. (18/11/15) - In Dianna’s hands, it’s the photo of her and Jack when they were fairly young. She lets mind goes back in time, but only for few seconds. Her eyes are, once again, full of exhaustion. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
MADOC, Ont. (17/10/15) - It’s eleven at night, Dianna finally called it a day after doing laudry and other house keeping works. She and Jack sleep in seperate beds, that allows her to read and no noise will wakes her up during the middle of the night, bec info
MADOC, Ont. (19/11/15) - Jack is waiting for Dianna to drive him to his ‘day care’ centre. Every Thursday is Dianna’s line-dancing day. She drops Jack off for half a day, then she can have some fun with her girlfriends. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
MADOC, Ont. (19/11/15) - Dianna takes Jack to his ‘day care’ centre. Every Thursday is Dianna’s line-dancing day. She drops Jack off for half a day, then she can have some fun with her girlfriends. Photo by Gretchen Chi info
MADOC, Ont. (19/11/15) - Jack sits on his seat quietly while Dianna talking to the employees at the ‘day care’ centre. Every Thursday is Dianna’s line-dancing day. She drops Jack off for half a day, then she can have some fun with her girlfriends. The ‘da info
MADOC, Ont. (19/11/15) - Every Thursday is Dianna’s line-dancing day. She drops Jack off for half a day, then she can have some fun with her girlfriends. She smiles, smiles and smiles. Photo by Gretchen Chi info











Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn't know possible. 


       - Tia Walker, Author

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