My father was diagnosed with dementia today. It’s not going to ever get better, and it will probably get gradually worse. I don’t have all the details right now. Right now, he never knows the date, can’t do simple math problems, and he can’t even always tell my mom the names of his three children. He’s been encouraged to shut down his practice, and he’s the source of essentially all our income right now.
I’m 19 and just started my first year of college. I chose a community college because I knew something like this could hit us at any time. I didn’t know it was dementia, but I knew something was wrong. My plans had been to become an optometrist, and I ended my freshman year with a 3.85 GPA. I don’t think I can keep that GPA up if I’m working the amount of time that I need to pay my way through college.
I’m going to be looking through a lot of things on my own, but can anybody point me in the right direction as far as financial aid? I know I can take out some loans, but if I do that, my student debt is going to be brutal (think six figures) by the time I get out of optometry school (if I’m even able to continue this route with the recent news).
Thanks for any input. And any non-financial advice is welcome as well.