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Dear Alzheimer’s Caregiver, Your Feelings Are Normal

Dear Alzheimer’s caregiver, I want you to know something. Whatever you’re feeling right now—however you’ve felt in the past—it’s all completely normal. Your feelings are completely normal. Do you feel sad, angry, depressed, isolated, or overwhelmed? Do you feel helpless, hopeless, lost, and alone? Maybe you feel happy about something else going on in your…

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When You Are Grieving, Doing Nothing Is Everything

After my mom died, I had a friend who would text me regularly to check in and see how I was doing. She would always ask, “How’s today coming along?” One day I told her how I felt lazy and unproductive because I had spent the last several weeks doing basically nothing. I told her…

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I See You, Alzheimer’s Daughter

I see you, Alzheimer’s Daughter, trying to smile through the pain. I know how much it hurts. You feel as if both of your parents have just disappeared, vanished into some other world. Alzheimer’s World. They are gone forever. Only they’re not really gone. They’re still alive and, maybe, they live just a few miles…

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