Encouragement to Caregivers

I believe there are some people out there who are fighting this disease with their loved ones, all by themselves. You are to be encouraged.  You are a warrior, it takes a special person to deal with this and keep their sanity in check.  Always remember how the person was before and take nothing they say that may be unkind personally.

This site is about explaining what is going on in the brain and encouragement  A person with Alzheimer’s brain is not able to receive signals and figure out how to handle things.  Going into their world can be hard, but it may be the only way to handle it.  Knowing that if they are always losing things, they are not doing it on purpose.  Their brain forget where they put it, and they may blame you for stealing it.  Don’t get upset.  No.  Just say, let’s look for it together.  Some will help and some will not.  It is good to remember where they hide their stuff most of the time, that way you know where to look.  My sister had to do that because my mother was always misplacing her purse, this went on everyday.

They sometimes want something sweet and you know how it affects their behavior.  Sometimes find an alternative that is sweet but not made with granulated sugar.  Like I learned to make Oatmeal cookies and I sweeten it with over riped bananas and I add raisins and cranberries and pecans this makes a great cookie and satisfies a sweet tooth. Cook at 350 for 20 minutes.

Remember to choose to be happy doing this time.  Remember the good because the bad is going to happen.  You never have to concentrate on the bad.  There will be good days.  I always remember no matter what kind of day it turns out to be, if it is good it will pass, if it is bad it will pass.  Find something that brings you pleasure, have a support system.  I find when I talk about things, I get it out, I can deal with it better.  Writing also helps a lot because you can put your feelings into words.  And you can see, you are quite a person, you are weathering the storm. I would encourage you to blog about it, that way you are helping others.

After my husband died, I was kind of proud of myself.  I was able to keep him with me till the end.  He wanted to go to a hospice facility and I would not let him.  I couldn’t stand knowing he died alone.  It was hard but I found comfort in it.  We have to find comfort in what we are doing and have to do.  You have to be a fantastic person, to continue with a loved one.  Along with this I believe that God will give you the strength to continue to move forward and give you the strength to carry your load.

I hope this will encourage you to continue with your head up, and your trust in the God of the universe.  We have to have hope in something greater than ourselves so they we can continue to move forward, because that is what live is about forward movement.

Marjorie Edwards

I feel one of the best ways to become good on a subject is to live it. My mother has Alzheimer's. I want people to know how to continue to show respect and love, but not give up thinking there is no way out. So because I have lived with Alzheimer's through my mother and researched it I am able to write informative information.

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