“… a Journey We Do Not Choose …”

In his role as primary caregiver for wife Michele who has mild cognitive disorder, Village member Dan Miller attended the Village’s Support Group for Care Partners of People with Dementia. Through the sessions, Dan learned the forms of dementia, their potential severity, and the paths they take. He says, “This knowledge gives me credibility with the neurologists. It gives me confidence and courage.” But, he says, “The best part of these sessions is the shared experience. There is no stigma, we don’t have to go back to square one and explain everything—it’s understood. And there’s humor—it’s not a pity party. It has been instructive and invigorating. It helps to have companions along the way.”