May 8, 2011

Alzheimer's is a Journey with Twists and Turns

Another lesson from Alzheimer’s: She will pick up my mood and emotions. If I am distressed, she will be too...
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I read several interesting articles today on the Internet and I thought I would share them with you.

Alzheimer's is a Journey with Twists and Turns

Finding our way back home: An Alzheimer's journey with my mother

Another lesson from Alzheimer’s: She will pick up my mood and emotions. If I am distressed, she will be too. So, I compose myself in her presence, mindfully calm, no matter what she says or does. Socks stuffed in the garbage? No matter. Family photos ripped from frames? That’s okay, too. It is the inexplicable stuff of Alzheimer’s, not worth fretting about. I hug her, hold her hand and coax her memory with old family stories that she once told over and over again.

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My father’s Alzheimer’s gave us unexpected gifts Two years later when he realized his condition was deteriorating, I was present at the assessment for his application to a nursing home. “I know I can’t stay here a lot longer,” Dad said. “When Pat says, ‘You’re going,’ I’ll go.” I sat stunned when the man who had bossed me around all my life suddenly submitted to my judgment. He made the transition easy for me. Who was this quiet person going gently into that good night?
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3 cases revealed, but elder abuse largely hidden Donna Tower's uncle told his family that someone was stealing his money, but the family didn't believe him at first because he has Alzheimer's. In the end, the family learned that he was telling the truth - that the administrator of a Winterville nursing home was taking his money, and his brother's, but no one would believe him. Go here to read the full article.

Love Your Mother on Her Special Day Today is her day, Mother’s Day, a special day for her. A day to love your mother, to cherish all the wonderful moments you have spent with her. I wish I could, I really do. My mother, who will be 91 on June 8, suffers from extreme Alzheimer’s. I hug her every time I visit her, I tell her how much I love her, I kiss her goodbye when I leave her. Trouble is, I’m not sure she understands any of that. Go here to read the full article.
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,680 articles with more than 512,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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