Meet Heather Oglesby , one of our five Family Caregiver of the Year award winners. Heather and the other four winners will be honored during a reception on the evening of November 8 at the Third Annual National Caregiving Conference.
Heather is a 45-year old woman who is currently caring for her mother with Alzheimer's. Along with being a caregiver, she works full time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to becoming a caregiver for her mother, Heather traveled the world serving in multiple voluntary roles in Africa, Romania, and Egypt.
At age 40, Heather began noticing something different with her mother. She began asking for money to pay the same bills, over and over again. Her mom would come to visit her and get lost, even though she had visited many times. Her mom appeared disheveled and confused most of the time, but at age 60, Heather just attributed her mom's behavior to getting older. Heather moved over 800 miles away from her mother to take a job in Atlanta, Georgia. As the symptoms worsened, Heather's mom could not verbalize over the phone what was happening in her life. The only words her mother could utter was that she was evicted and sleeping in her car. Heather's mom ended up in a women's shelter due to complications associated with Alzheimer's at the age of 64. Heather and her husband rushed to her mother's side and at the age of 42 became a full-time caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer's.