Jeanette and Joseph’s Story
people say they want what Joseph and I already have—to grow old with each
other—as if it’s their mission in life.
We have 58 years of marriage behind us—so I think it’s safe to say we’ve
accomplished the mission so many people dream about.
ago, Joseph and I met in front of a candy store. Joseph had just returned from
the military. Before I knew it—I was walking down the aisle in a wedding gown
and we were exchanging wedding vows.
no time starting a family. With two sons and a daughter, we had lots to be
grateful for. Joseph worked as an
engineer who designed large air conditioning systems for casinos. Now, at age
79, he’s still a smart and handsome man.
anyone, we’ve endured many changes throughout our lives—things that helped us
grow stronger and help us see each other in a different light. Like when I was
diagnosed with a brain tumor, Joseph cared for me with a tender heart.
the tables are turned. In 2013, Joseph was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. His symptoms started with some mild forgetfulness.
Then he lost mobility and now uses a combination of his wheelchair, walker, or
met with Joseph’s neurologist, he said the medications would only slow the
disease; nothing would actually cure the disease. I didn’t take the news so well. But the doctor was right about the medicine becauseJoseph’s symptoms have
remained about the same.
are pretty much the same as they have been. I prepare dinner each night—just like I have
for the past 58 years. And we still sit at the dinner table every night. Only now—Joseph doesn’t help me with the
dishes like he used to. But that’s ok.
As far as
caregiving goes—it has become a bigger part of my daily life. Since I’m 78
years old, you can imagine it gets a little intense at times. But I don’t mind
because I want to keep my husband around for as long as possible.
things I do for Joseph include his daily bath. I use Sage brand Comfort Bath® Cleansing Washcloths. A nurse taught me how to use the washcloths
when he was in the hospital. The washcloths were so easy to use, I knew I had
to have these at home. I’ve been using
them ever since.
ask me why I don’t just use regular soap and water when I bathe Joseph. I use Comfort Bath because I don’t want to take
any chances with Joseph’s health; Comfort Bath helps me feel more secure when
use them on Joseph. It’s a product I like very much.