A caregiver's transition

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., – Caring for a loved one with memory issues can weigh heavy on a caregiver.

Since getting married 41 years ago, Ken and Sandi Vietor have spent almost no time apart.

But in 2015 Ken was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and earlier this year the disease left the two living separately for the first time.

“Ken started to exhibit some real exit-seeking behaviors. A lot of people talk about wandering with dementia. Ken was not wandering. Ken was on a mission to get out of here. And sadly for him, I think he was afraid,” Sandi said.

In March, Ken moved into memory care assisted living at Good Samaritan Society - Prairie Creek Memory Care Assisted Living. It was an emotional decision, but one Sandi says was necessary.

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