Wednesday, April 10, 2013
looking after aging parents -Alzheimer and dementia
I know this is my "low carb" blog.
We, my husband and I, took on looking after my parents a year after
we got married, back in 1995.
My Dad (born in 1910) had Alzheimer disease.
My Mom (born in 1918) just could not look after him in Florida, by herself.
He passed away 2 1/2 years after they came to live with us.
But Daddy's story is different than Mom's.
I'll write more about him later.....
She, my mom, is 95 years old now,
and has been healthy all her long life, till now.
Her body is still healthy, but her mind is going fast.
She can't remember how to do tasks that she's done for years now.
Like fixing her cereal in the morning.
Brushing her teeth (yes she still has her own teeth).
They are so worn out now, but still serve the purpose.
I have to tell her how and when to do everything.
She's like having a 3 year old all over again.
I think she has dementia.
She sees her doctor every 6 months and is healthy.
OMG, this has been so hard on me and Rick.
Everyday seems worse than the day before.
Rick and I both have health issues.
My mom, Rosamond, may outlive us both.
I'm just venting here today.
Thanks for listening, if anyone's out there.....