Dementia

I am having an adult caregiver moment and just wanted to share. I think we prefer the word dementia over Alzheimer’s. Not sure why. Probably because Alzheimer’s sounds so final. And yes, I am clear of the connection, Alzheimer’s being a form of dementia. According to a site called Allmedicinedata: Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same. Dementia is an overall term used to describe symptoms that impact memory, performance of daily activities, and communication abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease gets worse with time and affects memory, language, and thought.

As a health and wellness consultant I am at a loss, nothing in my magic bag of herbs, supplements or even alkaline water seems to be helping my mother’s brain. Yes, I am going to try this new (well new to us) supplement that is supposed to do everything short of bringing back the dead. I needed to travel this week but had to postpone my trip. I have things to do back home but she is too much for my 89 year old dad to handle along with with my big dogs.

A childhood friend has been caring for her beloved husband of 30 something years for 5 years. She suggested that I find a support group, as that has helped her to cope. Talking about it certainly helps. Watching someone that you love deteriorate cognitively into their own unclear world is painful and frustrating and sad. I am open to hearing from anyone that wishes to share.

Namaste!

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