Edwardsville couple adjust to life with Alzheimer’s and caregiving

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(KPLR) - When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the entire family must adjust to the change.  Fox 2's Bonita Cornute introduces us to a caregiver whose love for his wife actually guides their journey.

The annual Walk to end Alzheimer`s will take place in different locations throughout the metropolitan area.  For a family navigating the changes that come with the diagnosis, the annual event means they are not alone.

Don and Jenell Emrich of Edwardsville are happily married.  It is the strength of that bond that keeps them together while living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Don is Jenell's caregiver and has been since her diagnosis almost four years ago.  The university event planner noticed changes in herself after transferring to a different department.

Soon after Jenell's diagnosis, the Edwardsville couple went straight to the Alzheimer’s Association.  They found an amazing support group called Cardinal Reminiscence League, a perfect fit for these lifelong Cardinal fans.

Jenell remembers when she had trouble using her credit card.  She’s run off the road while driving more than once.  So Jenell relies heavily on Don, as she stays home a lot.

They are grateful there's help for both of them through the Alzheimer’s association.

To register for the St. Louis Walk to end Alzheimer`s on September 10th or scheduled walks throughout the metropolitan area, go to alz.org/stl.  It`s a family friendly event to raise awareness and raise funds.