STATEN ISLAND, NY – An upcoming 60-minute segment will document the 10-year experience of a Staten Island woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease and the faithful husband who served as her janitor.
Carol and Mike Daly of Sunnyside welcomed Dr. Jon LaPook 2008, shortly after Carol was diagnosed with degenerative brain disease.
Since then, LaPook, chief physician of CBS News, has visited the couple seven times during the year
"When I first met her in 2008, she lost her memory a bit, but she still had some conversation to do." said LaPook.
He remembered a conversation he had had with her about her favorite actor ̵
"Two years later she did not know who Clark Gable was, and a few years later, she did not know Mike's name "said LaPook.
He expected her demise to be treated with Alzheimer's patients, but the effect of the illness had caught on her husband, a retired city policeman, unprepared.
"In the beginning, you see how much he loved her," said LaPook. "He combed her hair, he made it up, he made the bed."
Over the years, the disease also began to torment Mike's health, LaPook said.
At the beginning of their time together, LaPook said Mike, whom he described as "tough as nails", did not want to take his wife to a nursing home and wanted to look after her independently.
"He was gaining weight Blood pressure was rising He was getting anxiety – panic attacks," said LaPook. "He finally came to a point where he understood he could not do it on his own."
Eventually, the loving husband was forced to hire someone to help him look after his wife. At this time, home care for the family cost about $ 40,000 a year, according to a CBS press release.
LaPook said a person's attitude was difficult because the new face made Carol angry.
In January after LaPook's last visit to the family, Mike finally decided to take his wife to a nursing home, which is often even more expensive than home care.
Mike concluded that Carol, who recently turned 70, often fell, and worried about her physical safety.
This last visit was one of the toughest, because Carol was "completely weakened," LaPook said.
Forwards, LaPook, who calls himself "the eternal optimist," sees hope for the fight against Alzheimer's disease.The key to the fight is an early diagnosis and a focus on different ways to fight the disease, LaPook said. 19659002] "But it's not fast enough, and we're about to get a tsunami from people who have Alzheimer's," he said.
There are more than 100 comments on the 60-minute Facebook preview of the play, LaPook said they shed light on what people are going through.
LaPook, who is also a professor of medicine at NYU Langone and a gastroenterologist, found the couple started after a series of drug trials.
Dr. Gayatri Davi recommended him to the Dalys He decided to continue the story, and over the years he and Daly's friends became even invited to their fiftieth wedding, LaPook said.
"They make a friendship with them," sa "They have this incredible leap of faith where they let you into their lives and they show people something they can never see."
He recalled visits to Joe and Pat's pizzeria in Castleton Corners with the couple. 19659002] There are several important things that the doctor and reporter hopes people will take with them on Sunday at 7pm.
He wants to discuss families having this disease with their end-of-life care if "everyone agrees" Even though these talks can be efficient.
"We tell our children to use your words, but we have a hard time using our words as adults," said LaPook. "He needed to know if it would be okay for me to take her to a nursing home, is it okay for me to get help from outside?"
He hopes people will vote on Sunday.
"You have to see it because you or someone you know will be affected," he said.