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Family speaks about living with Alzheimer's

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RAYMOND (KWWL) -

Maxine Even is 88 years old. She has 16 children, 49 grandchildren and soon 59 great-grandchildren!

She previously lived on a farm near Gilbertville, married to her husband for 68 years. Now, she lives in Raymond with her daughter, Rose Voigt, because...

"She has Alzheimer's. We can look back and think it was seven to eight years ago that we started detecting it," said Rose Voigt.

Rose said growing up her mother did everything around the house. She loved to garden, and she was quite good at sewing. Now living with Alzheimer's...

"Everyday is different. She can have her good days and some worse days," said Voigt.

To help raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, Maxine's family formed "Team Even" for the "Walk to End Alzheimer's."

"Because I think it's important. You never know who it's going to happen to, maybe one of us," said Rose Voigt.

Voigt said being a full-time caregiver isn't always easy, but the children want to take care of Mom as she took care of them.

"If she's having a bad day, just to sit next to her and hold her hand and let her know she's loved by who's taking care of her," said Voigt.

Maxine Even often thinks her children are her brothers and sisters, but she hasn't lost all of her personality.

"It's a joy, too. She's a lot of fun. She can be very funny some days," said Rose Voigt.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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