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Caring for the Elderly with Dementia and or Alzheimers?

Does anyone have personal exerpience of caring the aging with demetia / alzheimers? I'm having a rough time working through it with my Grandma this week and could use any advise, support or links to helpful sites that anyone is aware of. Thanks,

Sat. Mar 17, 12:00am

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I know there are alot of links and support groups but I don't remember wher they are. Just google alzhiemers. living with Alzhiemers is hell! I could write a book about what I have been through and I am just the daughter in law. But believe I am there more then one of her daughters I am the one who hadt to sign her in to the facility. I guess the guys in charge figured I could handle it. Alzhiemers is a progressive disease. In most cases it cannot be handled at home. My Mom didn't take her meds , towards the end she was hitting people. Thank God she could afford to be in The Bristol assisted living.They have a special unit just for Alzhiemers. She seems pretty happy there. as time goes on she remembers less and less sometimes She makes up things. Like now she thinks she was a teacher in her past. I am the teacher! If she doesn't get what she wants when she wants she goes crazy. Sometimes when she is having a good day We feel guilty she is not home with us. She never would leave her home She wouldn't live with any of us but towards the end nobody could deal with the disease. My Mother in law is a different person. Sometimes I can't even remember what she was like this is a horrible disease.

Saturday, March 17, 2007, 6:59 AM

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My father-in-law is in another state and was already living in one of those triple-tier retirement communities when he started showing symptoms. He hid his symptoms from us until he had a minor stroke and the hospital would not release him to his independent living apartment. Without notice, we were suddenly moving him into the assisted living section and cleaning out his apartment. Luckily, my husband already had power of attorney, and we could rather smoothly take over all decision-making and financial matters. Other family members are also helping with health care and visiting. I'd recommend the book Alzheimers for Dummies for trying to understand the stages and strange behaviors of this awful disease. The book helped us understand the strange things he had said and done in the years leading up to the stroke -- we had just thought he had gotten weird with the grief of losing his wife.

Saturday, March 17, 2007, 10:35 AM

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