From Connie in Florida:
My mom lives in an Assisted Living Home with four other residents.
She often does not understand "Why" Mrs. J doesn't sleep at night
or likes to pack and unpack her clothes, "Why" Mrs. D. calls her
names and forgets what she was just been told, or "Why" Mrs. A.
cannot control her body movements and eats alone at the kitchen
I have found it very helpful to print articles on Alzheimer's
and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), so she can get a glimpse into what
the other residents are experiencing. One day she read an article
that I brought to her and said, "Well, I learned something today."
Mike T. in Singapore:
I know it’s very painful when someone close to you cannot recognize
you anymore and when their personality changes from the caring and
lovely person they used to be.
My dad has dementia and is now using
tube feeding. We now treat him like he treated us when we were younger.
We hug, kiss, and talk jokes with him. We are fortunate to have him as
a dad showing us the right path. Let us caregivers be strong and show
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