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Dear Sooz:

I am writing you today because I need some advice. My mother is 62 and she has recently been diagnosed with early onset Alzerheimers disease. I am just beside myself Sooz.

 

It breaks my heart seeing her decline on such a rapid basis. Once a professor, she now forgets things that have happened in the not too distant past. I have been to several Dr’s., and they have all given me the same diagnosis.

 

I can’t seem to deal with the previous memories of us and the thoughts of the future. Currently, I am her caregiver, and my heart just breaks on a daily basis. What can I do to help with my growing sad feelings?

 

Heart Broken

 

Dear Heart Broken:

 

First, let me say how sorry I am for both YOU and your mom. This is a HORRIBLE disease that strips one of his/her dignity. The caregiver has the toughest job as you have demonstrated, and while I applaud your selflessness, I emphasize with your feelings.

 

If you can, try and get some help with the Caregiving so you can do things like go to support groups for Alzheimer’s caregivers. These groups I have heard are very helpful, and help with the same feelings you are going through now.

 

Again, I applaud you and will send you some groups in your area. I wish you all the best.

 

 

 

 

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Comments (6)

  1. Munkyman

    Get assistance so you can get out of the house for a couple hours a day,
    spend time with other care givers they are really the only people who will get it.
    Do something you enjoy each week, movie, museum, park….

    March 03, 2017
    1. dreamshadow59

      Excellent advice…Thank you…

      March 03, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        I’m a caregiver to a 90 year old granny, the best advice comes from experience.

        March 03, 2017
        1. dreamshadow59

          I applaud you my friend…It must be VERY difficult!!! My condolences.

          March 03, 2017
          1. Munkyman

            nope it’s a joy & there’s no need for condolences… I chose to do this for her.

            March 04, 2017
  2. noahbody

    Excellent advice. With a little help she can get out and have some time to herself. That sometimes goes a long way.

    March 04, 2017