Lunch honors caregivers in Zanesville, Ohio

Anne and Paul Mechling have been living at Primrose Retirement Community for nearly two years, mostly because Paul requires additional Alzheimer's care, according to The Zanesville Times Recorder.

The couple is separated into independent living and assisted living residences, but Anne still helps care for her husband every morning, alongside other caretakers.

"I've been doing it so long," she told the news provider.

Lunch honors caregivers in Zanesville, Ohio "We've been married 65 years. We took a vow, in sickness and in health, so you do what you have to do."

The 90-year-old is now accepting recognition for her extraordinary caregiving at the annual Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church. The event is hosted by the Miskingum County Caregiver Coalition and Area Agency on Aging.

While all caregivers are acknowledged, community education coordinator of Area Agency on Aging, Laurel DuBeck, told the news source that there is also a Caregiver of the Year award and stories are shared all around.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are around 5.3 million Americans suffering from the mental illness across the country, with 10.9 million caregivers attending them.

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