What were the first signs of your
mother’s Alzheimer’s disease?
The first signs of her illness were
very subtle; just forgetfulness, the
usual stuff, the shopping list, the
keys, and then a pattern started to
emerge. Realizing that now in
retrospect, back then it was, “Oh
Mom, please, you asked that question
before, you know, a half hour ago.”
But the first real red flag was when
she lost her way in her
GB: They used
to call Alzheimer’s pre-senile
HE: That’s what
she was diagnosed with. She
was diagnosed with pre-senile
dementia. We had no idea what
the heck it meant, quite frankly, we
had no idea what she had. No
one had any idea about anything and
my father, of course, was the
primary caregiver. He’s the one who
took the brunt of the 24/7 care. You
can imagine, especially in the
Latino culture, you take care of
your own; you don’t go outside of
it. And that’s not uncommon
for many other cultures except in
the contiguous United States
perhaps; you just took care of your
own. There was no thought of
doing it otherwise; but again, there
was no thought of doing it otherwise
because we had no other options.
We had no information. There
are many aspects of culture that
make that up. My father would
say, “This is something I’ve done.”
“I’m being paid back.”...read more
The Value of Massage for Caregivers
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
Massage therapy isn’t just a
luxury anymore and has actually become a vital part
of health care practices worldwide. It is a holistic
therapy that has shown positive effects on physical
and mental health in addition to enhancing medical
“Please, put my head up!” her mind
desperately cried out as she choked and gasped for air.
She couldn’t speak because a stroke had taken her voice
a few months earlier, so she pleaded with her eyes, wide
with fear, to anyone who cared to help...read more
The Dangers of Ignoring Cataract Symptoms
Delaying Treatment of Advanced Forms of the Common Eye Disease Can Increase Risk of Permanent Blindness and Injury.
In support of Cataract Awareness Month in August, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging seniors and their caregivers to be aware of the dangers of ignoring the symptoms of cataracts, a leading cause of visual impairment that will affect...read
Do you have any information on the
causes and treatment for people with dementia who layer
clothes and apparently have lost their sense of feeling warm
enough or too warm? Do you know of any other
caregivers who have gone through this problem? My
mother lives with my cousin, who is her caregiver. Mom will
get up from her nap and come down wearing multiple shirts.
She will get up in the night and mix up her dirty clothes,
which are kept in a barrel in her closet, with her clean
clothes, which are stored in her dresser or on hangers in
her closet. I advised my cousin to box up extra
clothes and put them away where Mom can't find them. I
also advised her to give Mom her clean clothes after they
come out of the dryer to put away as Mom has expressed a
need to be doing something "useful." (She doesn't want
to clip coupons, match socks or fold towels, but she will do
food prep and set the table.) Thanks for any help you
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