This powerful audio essay by Latino USA highlights the unique issues facing Latino families caring for older loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.
As life expectancy increases and the U.S. population goes grayer, more people live longer with degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. This disease is not just tragic, it’s fatal. Right now Alzheimer’s in the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S; it affects more than 5 million Americans, and it’s hitting Latino families with full force. In this piece, we examine the social and cultural factors that place special burdens on Latinos who are directly affected by Alzheimer’s. María Hinojosa spent time with the Obando family in Queens, New York to get a glimpse of what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s.