Even if your parents don’t have Alzheimer’s or aren’t in a wheelchair, your parents get old – if you’re lucky to have parents who live for a long time. It’s a challenge, and it’s difficult and lovely and touching and awful and ghastly and real.
Alzheimer’s caregivers are heroes.
Have you ever walked along a shoreline, only to have your footprints washed away? That’s what Alzheimer’s is like. The waves erase the marks we leave behind, all the sand castles. Some days are better than others.
People think it’s a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer’s. But in my mother’s case, it’s different. My mother has been unhappy all her life. For the first time in her life, she’s happy.
I often imagine what it would be like if my father were still here to mark his 100th birthday, if Alzheimer’s hadn’t clawed away years, possibilities, hopes. What would he think of all the commemorations and celebrations?
Alzheimer tam anlamıyla bizi öldürüyor ve bu kıyımla savaşmanın tek yolu, seslerini duyuracak, fonlar ayırabilecek insanların, hastalığa hak ettiği dikkatin çekilmesini sağlamalarıdır.
To love a person is to learn the song in their heart. And sing it to them when they have forgotten.
Knowing the day is coming when your loved one won’t know you is the most horrific feeling of them all for an Alzheimer’s caregiver.
You know how they say that old people with Alzheimer’s, they kind of go back, and they revert to the most emotional part of their life, what they did when they were younger… I think I am going to be cursed with reliving ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ in my mind. And playing ‘Dragon’s Layer’ when I enter Alzheimer’s.
The disease might hide the person underneath but there’s still a person in there who needs your love and attention.
Rather than trying to bring the person with dementia back to reality, why not try to enter their reality.