It’s been nearly four years since Russ Kellogg’s wife, Frances, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then he’s been caring for her on a full-time basis at their home in Estey’s Bridge, a rural community 18 kilometres north of Fredericton.
The retired couple, who are both 69, were once socially active members of their local curling club and bowling league. They enjoyed hosting friends and snowshoeing in their back woods.
Now, the disease has progressed to the point that Frances doesn’t always recognize her husband, and she can’t be left alone. Except for a weekly Monday morning grocery run, the couple spend all of their time at home.
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