Meet Beverley Powell - Our Alzheimers and Dementia Caregiver Expert

I am 46 years old and am married with three children. I have been married for twenty-three years. I live with my husband, mother in law, Joyce and my eighteen-year-old daughter. We also have three cats and two dogs.

I was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC and live in Boiling Springs, SC. My faith is an integral part of my life as a caregiver. I am a member of the Pentecostal faith and have been a caregiver for almost two years.

In December of 2013, we found my father in law passed away on his sofa. My mother in law was at the time misdiagnosed with a mental illness and refused to take any meds. She was delusional, and hallucinogenic. She had no idea of what had happened. I began immediately taking care of her.

In January of 2014, she was diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer’s Dementia. After searching for a new home, she moved in with us. I never leave her side. She wanders around, plays with her doll and is declining. I pray over her daily.

Before, I had begun a new business in the event staffing field and let it go. I had been an event staffing supervisor for over ten years.

Before that, I was a mother of three wonderful kids and one incredibly special grandson. I have been blessed with a husband who works hard and loves me enough to want me to have anything in the world. It was my idea not to put his mother in a nursing home. I wanted to make this beautiful lady’s last years as special as I could. I still do.

So, that’s me in a nut shell.