When Ted Rall’s mother started showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, it meant that Rall, who is an only child, had to navigate nursing homes and crushing medical bills without the help of siblings.

“It’s incredibly isolating,” he said.

For the first time in his life, he went to a support group for family caregivers – and he realized that he wasn’t alone.

That’s when Rall, who is a nationally syndicated political cartoonist, decided to start drawing a series of cartoons about his experience as a caregiver.

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