Los Angeles (CNN)Carol Rosenstein’s husband, Irwin, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. Three years later, he was diagnosed with dementia.
With the progressive nature of the diseases, Irwin had ups and downs. Medication caused him to experience hallucinations. As his condition worsened and the couple grew increasingly isolated, Rosenstein said she could feel Irwin slipping away.
“Every day was like a roller coaster ride,” Rosenstein said. “When a terrible disease befalls a family, even your close friends don’t know what to say. It feels like you have leprosy because people don’t want to come near.”