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Family copes with Alzheimer's patient

By Staff
REMINISCING Barbara Bosarge, left, and her mother, Lucille Buntin, share family memories while looking through a photo album. Bob Buntin, Barbara's father and Lucille's husband, suffers with Alzheimer's disease. Photo by Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Sept. 27, 2001
Bob Buntin is a husband, a father and an Alzheimer's patient at King's Daughters &Sons Rest Home in Meridian.
Even though Buntin worked until he was 80, his family said the first symptoms of Alzheimer's began appearing years before the 88-year-old man retired from General Supply &Machine Co. in Meridian.
Buntin's wife, Lucille, and his daughters, Barbara Bosarge and Kathleen Price, all cared for him as long as they could. Bosarge said her father eventually became obsessed with waving at cars in front of his house.
Buntin is one of millions of people worldwide who suffer with Alzheimer's disease, a progressive, irreversible, neurological disorder that most often strikes people over 65.
Symptoms include gradual memory loss, impairment of judgment, disorientation, personality change, difficulty in learning and loss of language skills. There is no cure.
Early signs
Today, Bosarge said, she remembers seeing warning signs of Alzheimer's 10 years before her father retired. Once, she said, her father got lost on his way to his sister's house even though she had lived in the same place for 50 years.
Bosarge said her father failed to recognize family members he didn't see on a regular basis. By the time he retired, she said, he was unable to remember prices of items or where certain stock was located at work.
Barb Dobrosky, who heads an Alzheimer's support group at Rush Senior Health Center, compared the disease with being taken to another place where nothing and no one was familiar.
Both Bosarge and Price, who participate in the support group, said the organization has helped them deal with their father's illness. Bosarge said people "gain strength in sharing. You find out you are not the only ones dealing with this."
Family connection
Price said her family felt helpless until they contacted Dobrosky, who helped them find alternatives for their father's care.
Buntin's older sister died with Alzheimer's disease.
At age 64, Bosarge said she fears contracting Alzheimer's after seeing both her father and an aunt with the disease. She has talked about it in the support group.
Steve Gillespie is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3233, or e-mail him at sgillespie@themeridianstar.com.

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