Alzheimer’s, family relationships and Caregiver survival

ALZHEIMER’S, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS


By the time you’ve found this post, you’ve probably learned a thing or two about Alzheimer’s. You probably know that today – in March 2018 – there is no way to stop, slow or reverse this disease. Perhaps you’ve read a few terrifying statistics.  You’ve probably already seen enough photos of frail, gray-haired people to last a lifetime. If your heart is pounding and your palms are sweating, you are in good company.

Alzheimer’s is a tough diagnosis to hear.  It requires effort to accept. While Alzheimer’s is busy degenerating the brain of one family member, caring for that person chips away at the physical and mental well-being of other family members. 

I had a Mom with Alzheimer’s and a Dad who was her Caregiver. Through our fifteen-year journey, I learned first-hand that we children will be involved in our parent’s Alzheimer’s.  Our choice is whether to raise our hands to volunteer or wait to be conscripted.

I’m here to prepare (adult) children for family-life with a parent with Alzheimer’s. What good is preparing?  Preparation gets you ready to respond to the daily surprises that come with Alzheimer’s.

What kind of surprises are on the way?  Here’s one that flipped my thinking around for good.  I realized that my Mom’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis actually meant that two (2) family members needed extra care:  my Mom AND my Dad (Mom’s Caregiver). 

How serious is the Caregiver’s need for care?  Research shows that the Caregiver usually dies before the person with Alzheimer’s. So, pretty serious.

If you’d like to give your Caregiver a chance to survive Alzheimer’s, you’ve come to right place. I’m sharing what I’ve learned from fifteen years of trial-and-error. How about we move forward together?

If you’re curious about what Alzheimer’s might bring in the next decade of your life, watch this short (less-than-6-minute) interview. Guess which of us is more nervous talking about Alzheimer’s. Maybe we have something in common with you?

Your Friend on the Journey,

Barbara



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