By DAVID DAVIS
The Memory Care Alliance
I first met Paula and her husband, Gary, when they were participants in the very first caregiving class I taught while employed at the Alzheimer’s Association.
Paula’s mother, Ruby, lived with Alzheimer’s and had passed away from the disease several years before.
Both she and Gary provided for her care until her death. After taking that caregiving course, they actively taught the same program to other caregivers in Los Alamos, Española and in their home town of Nambé.
After getting to know them both, I realized I was not alone. There were other past caregivers who also felt a duty and responsibility to give something back. Not money, but time, knowledge and support. This is, in part, what The Memory Care Alliance is based on … not only getting help, but also giving it.
I was saddened to hear of Paula’s death this past week. I will miss her, but will always be grateful for her support, and the time I spent with her.
To learn more about Paula’s life, visit: https://rivera.