Christian, pop star Amy Grant opens up about caring for family with dementia

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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - Dementia is a mind-robbing disease that knows no race, no income and no faith.

Amy Grant speaks to a crowd in Elkhart.

Yet 2.5 million Americans are living with the disease, and the numbers are growing.

Christian and pop singer Amy Grant is among those whose family has been touched by this insidious disease. Even with her stardom, she could not prevent losing both her parents to the disease.

Thursday night, she spoke in Elkhart to kick off the soon-to-be opened Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community.

Her talk was "Permission to Feel: A Dementia Caregiver's Journey," which was emceed by NewsCenter 16's own Maureen McFadden.

Before her speech she told Mo how her parents' illness led her to become so passionate about sharing her story.

"I just got in the habit and encourage my sisters to do the same thing, saying, 'Look, anytime, let's just ask for help,' you know?" Grant said. "… And one younger woman, I was talking to her about asking for help, and I said, 'Look, you don't have to be a saint to just, you don't even have to say an organized prayer. Just help me. … And I guess that's it. Anybody that's been in a relationship with dementia, it's helpful to share stories"

Proceeds from Thursday's benefit will all go toward the Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community.

Four different homes will be within the memory care campus which, will house nine patients each.