... Mom is so confused and everyday is a struggle. Just looking for some folks going through the same thing
Hello Shnard! Welcome to the site! My mother passed a few months ago and she suffered a long time with Alzs before she passed. It is very sad and frustrating to say the least for the patient and family members of those with Alzheimers. My heart goes out to you. This is a great site with great people to give support so keep coming back. God bless ... pamee
Hello Shnard. Welcome to the site. I've a cousin going through the later stages of Alzheimers. Shes only in her mid seventies. I was scrolling through the posts and came across yours. I hope that you might get some feedback and support from the site. It is difficult on all family members. Regards pledge
I understand. My wife has early on-set Alzheimer's (diagnosed at 60). Our children are in total denial, and are of no help. For the moment it is just me and a couple of neighbors.
She is somewhere in late stage 1 (some stage 2 symptoms, but not many), so she is still pretty functional and seems 'OK' most of the time.
Please continue to come here for support. We understand and give you all the moral support we can. Don't forget the alz.org site. It has a wealth of info and a fantastic set of support groups.
Hi Shnard, perhaps you could contact some 'respite care'? Call your mum's insurance and find out if respite care is covered. If so, a visiting home nurse can come to mum's home and care for her while you get out of the house and do something for just you! You need to care for yourself or you will get burned out eventually. If we don't fill ourselves up, we can become empty.
By doing things just for you, you will fill yourself up. It must take a lot of energy to care for your mom, so please, call respite care, OR, there are adult day-care centres for people with dementia. You could drop her off at one of those centres and see how it goes.
I wish you the best, and eventually you may have to face the possibility of putting your mum in a care-community. It may become entirely too difficult for you to care for her at the end stages. It did so with my father-in-law. It was hellish, to take him to a 'home' but we had to. My MIL kept him at home as long as possible, but it got quite difficult at the end, so we all begged her to put him in a nursing facility. She just passed away in May, and I think of the two of them playing gin rummy in heaven. I know how corny that sounds, but it gives me comfort.
All the best to you, Shnard, and remember this; You will have extra jewels in your crown in heaven for caring for your mum this long. <3
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