The Alzheimerist® Blog

THE DAY WE COULD NO LONGER PRETEND

SHOCK ~ DISBELIEF ~ DENIAL ~ FEAR ~ ANGER ~ SPEECHLESS ~ FLABBERGASTED These are the responses loved ones and patients feel when they hear the dreaded words.  “You have Alzheimer’s disease.” Not one of us ever wants to hear these words, yet thousands & thousands of people hear this phrase each year. “And so…

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CAREGIVERS – TAKING A BACK SEAT

I’m sure you can think of many times when you have been put in a position where you felt you had been relegated to the “back seat” ~ “the end of the line” ~ “playing second fiddle.”  We find ourselves in circumstances, that we have no control over, that place us in positions that we…

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ADLs – What are they?

Activities of Daily Living ~~ These are the tasks that we all take for granted each day of our lives. They are the things that allow us to live successfully within the family structure. Things that we learned as children that enabled us to become independent and proud of who we were. As individuals’ progresses…

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Repetitive Speech & Behaviors

Mom keeps asking me the same question over and over……Dad tells us a hundred times a day he needs to go to work (he’s been retired for 20 years)…..Dad insists on taking the car to the garage (we sold his car 3 years ago)…Mom thinks she has to cook a huge meal for our family…

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Guilt

Ahhhh guilt.  We all share some level of guilt as we deal with our loved ones’ who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s natural and to be expected. So where does this guilt come from? We can look at many sources and of course each individual caregiver’s situation is different. **I have a family of…

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