Alzheimer’s

It’s difficult to pinpoint when my dad first started showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s. People get forgetful as they age. They lose their confidence about things. Sometimes they get confused. When I think back, I clearly remember my dad having some cognitive difficulties and lapses in judgement at my son’s wedding in November of 2007. I suspect his early Alzheimer symptoms started well before that. Sometime in 2008, my mom told me that Dad was having touble with knowing what day of the week it was. He always thought it was Sunday. That was the true beginning of our journey as an Alzheimer’s family.

My posts about Alzheimer’s are primarily about my interactions with my dad and my own personal response to having a loved one suffering from this insidious disease. There are many sites online where you can find more helpful information about the disease and its course.

April 19, 2013 – My father left this world on January 26, 2013 after our mother was diagnosed with cancer and they both were moved to a nursing home and assisted-living facility respectively. You can read about my journey through their final days and my moving on through grief here.

December 2010

Links to stories about Alzheimer’s—

What does someone with Alzheimer’s actually die from?March 24, 2013
Reunion in heavenJanuary 26, 2013
Alzheimer’s and after the lossJanuary 24, 2013
Ten things I’ve learned since December January 22, 2013
The small thingsDecember 16, 2012
Lights in the darkness December 13, 2012
A love storyDecember 8, 2012
Looking for a place of restNovember 29, 2012
How hard do we try?November 19, 2012
Thirteen things Dad can still doOctober 10, 2012
Mixed messages and Alzheimer’sAugust 20, 2012
The strength we requireJuly 25, 2012
Love is all that mattersJuly 11, 2012
A power outage away from disasterJuly 2, 2012
A study of perseverance and devotion
June 27, 2012
Scrapbooking with my dad
June 13, 2012
Don’t cry Daddy
May 24, 2012
The Alzheimer’s roller coaster rideMarch 29, 2012
When Dad has a bad dayMarch 22, 2012
Everything in its time — changes to accomodate Dad’s needsFebruary 28, 2012
Now I know — a story of mothers, daughters, caregiving, and Alzheimer’s –  February 9, 2012
Some things I just can’t doJanuary 25, 2012
Remembering Dad on his birthday and two new calculatorsJanuary 18, 2012
Thank yous and laughterDecember 26, 2011
The clothes dad wearsDecember 20, 2011
Christmas gifts for my motherDecember 15, 2011
Holidays and phone conversations November 25, 2011
Resolving a quandary – one communication success story with Alzheimer’sNovember 9, 2011
Alzheimer’s surprises
October 19, 2011
We’re doing okay — living with Alzheimer’s
September 19, 2011
Why didn’t my doctor tell me? — or who’s taking care of the Alzheimer’s?September 2, 2011
Managing expectations — Alzheimer’s ups and downsAugust 25, 2011
Let’s hear it for the home health aidesAugust 19, 2011
Alzheimer’s — an endless stream of loss and decisionsAugust 11, 2011
Communicating with a Whiteboard—Caregiver makes minor breakthroughJuly 22, 2011
Suggestions for the prevention of Alzheimer’s – beginning today
July 20, 2011
We can only do what we can do — Buddy’s story
July 19, 2011
Possible breakthrough in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s
July 18, 2011
It’s always Sunday
July 10, 2011
Comments are wonderful — and a response to Sally
July 7, 2011
A matter of faith
June 29, 2011
Do not resuscitate
June 24, 2011
A light show from the heavens
June 20, 2011
Father’s Day
June 19, 2011
Genealogy and Photoshop
June 11, 2011
Gold nuggets and Paula Dean’s macaroni and cheese
June 7, 2011
A time capsule in the driveway
May 27, 2011
A return to Legoland
May 5, 2011
Successfully navigating one senior maze
April 28, 2011
A few unrelated ideas with an entertainment
April 26, 2011
Lost in a maze of senior services
April 20, 2011
Working on the ’55 Chevy
April 14, 2011
Three good things in the newspaper
April 7, 2011
Celebrating spring
April 3, 2011
Wind, walks, sun, and sedum
March 18, 2011
Why
March 7, 2011
Remembering your happiness
February 28, 2011
One small victory
February 25, 2011
A rainbow over Paris
February 15, 2011
Building a ’55 Chevy
February 8, 2011

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