We had Alzheimers in our house. I am re-posting these here for my friends struggling with Alzheimers in their families. If any of you are being, or have been touched by this horrible disease I encourage your input and insight. Please see alz.org for great information of this disease and caregiving.
Originally posted 6-17-11
Well here it is 1:47 A.M. and I’m trying to do a better job this time. We are suffering with Alzheimers in our house. As I stated earlier, my Father has Alzheimers and is 90. He has had its for several years now but after a recent illness he got radically worse. My Step-Mom has taken care of him the whole time and has done a great job. But after this illness we all knew she couldn’t do it any more.
The safest place for Dad was in the nursing home.
It breaks our hearts to see him there, but his illness has advanced to the point it is the best place for him. Besides, we were all getting worried for our step-Mom. She has MS and the stress of caring for Dad was taking a tremendous toll on her.
Suddenly it struck me how strange this entire scenario is. It is very odd that I’m carrying on a one sided conversation that I now realize can be read by any one, any where. That scares me a bit. But if by sharing I can help one person who has a loved one suffering with this horrible illness, it will be worth it!
For those with Alzheimers in your family I recommend going to the Alzheimers Association website alz.org It has wonderful tips and ideas.
Maybe together we can help each other. Please share Your thoughts, hurts, ideas, and suggestions.
Thank you for checking in.
As my Dad would say, Keep Your Chin Up!
Hang in there and God Bless!
For some frightening facts watch this video: