Personal Journeys: Atlanta musician’s life transformed by role as Alzheimer’s caregiver

May 04, 2017
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Vince Zangaro helps his father Albert Zangaro, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease, drink from a straw cup at their Canton home on April 7, 2017.

Becoming his father’s primary caretaker meant Vince Zangaro, now 41, had to grow up and accept the fact that a disease was stealing his dad from him, one memory at a time.  

It also forced him to recognize that he may be next in the line of Zangaro men affected by Alzheimer’s. His uncle, father and grandfather all shared symptoms of the disease.  

But unlike his dad Albert, who has health insurance and a son to take care of him, Vince has neither. As he helps his 75-year-old father shower, shave and dress each morning, he wonders, who will take care of him? He tries not to think about the answer.

Click below to read the rest of the story about the Zangaros’ daily struggle and what the future holds.

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Related: Read our 2013 story on the Zangaro family