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Living It - Cleotha Kelley

In this week's edition of Living It, Meg Wallace leads a conversation with Cleotha Kelley about caring for loved ones with Alzheimers.

Cleotha Kelley is a registered nurse who worked in the surgical ICU and post-anesthesia care. She is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 6. Cleotha's husband, CJ, was a colonel in the US Air Force who implemented fiber optic communications in Europe. Cleotha and CJ moved to Waco from northern Virginia in 2019 to be closer to their children in anticipation of CJ's declining health with Alzheimer's. Here Cleotha tells about their journey to Waco, and then to memory care at the Delaney, concluding with CJ's death in December 2022 and her own life afterward.

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