Over the last eight years since my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I have developed a love-hate relationship with the following question, “How’s your mom?” When my mom was first diagnosed, I didn’t really tell anyone and I never wanted to talk about it. But since only a limited number of people knew anyway, … Continue reading Ask or Don’t Ask?
Welcome to Episode 5 of The Life, Love, and Alzheimer's Podcast! If your loved one has Alzheimer's or dementia, then you know what it's like to grieve the loss of someone who is still living. It is not an actual, physical death, but it is still a death. Here are my real, raw, and deeply … Continue reading Episode 5: Grieving Someone Who Is Still Alive
About a year and a half ago, my dad started using a home health care agency to provide in-home care for my mom. I had been a part-time caregiver for my mom off and on for a few years before I finally admitted to myself and others that I couldn’t handle it anymore. I was … Continue reading The Problem with Home Health Care
Those of you who follow me know that I just launched The Life, Love, and Alzheimer’s Podcast last week. I initially had the idea to start a podcast back in May. I spent a lot of time researching podcasts, how to create them, what tools to use, etc. I spent even more time teaching myself … Continue reading Catch-22
Welcome to Episode 3 of The Life, Love, and Alzheimer's Podcast! Who here has ever felt like they're never doing enough to care for their loved one? Probably everyone who is reading this! Guilt is a very common feeling when caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease. It's easy to question whether or not … Continue reading Episode 3: Guilt
Welcome to Episode 2 of The Life, Love, and Alzheimer's Podcast! People often ask me about the first signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's that I noticed in my mom. It can be hard to determine whether the symptoms you're noticing are a cause for concern or just simply a part of normal aging. Listen to … Continue reading Episode 2: The First Signs and Symptoms
Welcome to the very first episode of The Life, Love, and Alzheimer's Podcast! Listen to find out more about who I am, why I'm starting this podcast, and what I'll be talking about!
Last Christmas, I thought my mom was about to die. She had a bad cold and hadn’t been feeling well for several days. She had a cough and constantly needed to blow her nose. She was tired and weak. All she wanted to do was sleep. She could barely sit up. She would sit there … Continue reading 8 Years and Counting
When my mom first started exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s disease, I was often embarrassed and ashamed of her behavior. She would say or do things that seemed bizarre to other people. Even though in the back of my mind I knew there had to be something wrong with her, I was still embarrassed by many … Continue reading Ending the Stigma of Alzheimer’s and Mental Illness
Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s the little things…”? Of course you have! Everyone has either heard someone say that or has said it themselves. Why? Because it’s so true! The little things in life are often the best things. I often get more excited about the little things than I ever do about … Continue reading It’s the Little Things