My dad’s aging journey taught me how to love selflessly

“I became a better person in caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s,” says Cindy Lou Ferris, a family caregiver for her father, who passed away from Alzheimer’s.

From left to right, Cindy’s father and Cindy Ferris.

The most rewarding part of the aging journey with her father was being able to give back. “I learned how to selflessly love,” says Cindy. “In some small way, I believed I could repay the care and sacrifices he made so I could become the person I am today.”

For Cindy, the most challenging part was watching her father’s Alzheimer’s progress, “There was so much sadness in watching him slip away one day, and one memory at a time, for a decade.”

“I grew to understand the importance of being an advocate for his care,” says Cindy. She believes senior care issues should matter to all Minnesotans because seniors are the fastest growing demographic group in Minnesota. Cindy reminds us, “the age wave is upon us and we are not prepared for the social and economic change it will bring.”

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Cindy. Your voice is vital as we advocate for awareness and address the needs that accompany the reality of a rapidly aging society.

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