WELCOME TO A NEW PATH FOR MOM
Mom didn’t see it coming. None of us did. On February 13, 2005, the love of her life and husband for 55 years died very suddenly. In the midst of that shock and turmoil, we didn’t know that her brain was going through irreversible changes that would affect her and us for the rest of her life.
It wasn’t long before Mom was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and eventually she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I want to share our story and be a source of help to other people who are trying to navigate through this horrible disease. You may know someone who is showing signs that something isn’t right and you just don’t know what to do, where to begin or what is ahead. You may also have to face a new path.
I think Mom would want me to help others, even if only a little bit, and give her journey through this disease some meaning.
Well, who knew that Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease would lead to something called Vasovagal Syncope. Thanks to Google, I found out that Vasovagal Syncope is the medical term for fainting or passing out.read more
Mom loved Thanksgiving. Even during her Alzheimer’s disease, she enjoyed the family time and traditions. Why then did we have to stop participating in the Thanksgiving feasts at her assisted living facility?read more
There were some lessons that I just couldn’t grasp. One of those lessons was that learning to love and take care of a pet can be easy. That is, unless you have Alzheimer’s disease.read more
Emergency room visits were never a significant part of my Mom’s life. That is, until she had Alzheimer’s disease.read more
Mom loved Christmas. With Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease, however, there were new challenges and we had to learn to go with the flow.read more
Mom was happy on her exercise bike. Most of us know that regular exercise is important for our health but what we haven’t known until recently is that it is most likely vital for brain health.read more
Mom and I had always enjoyed talking with each other, but at this stage of her Alzheimer’s disease she often called me only when she was mad or frustrated.read more
When you have trouble seeing clearly, a visit to the optometrist is usually a simple matter. That’s true, unless you have Alzheimer’s disease.read more
Now with her Alzheimer’s disease, Mom was missing home but it wasn’t the home in southern California that she and Dad owned for 50 years that she missed. It was her childhood home in Ithaca, New York.read more
Mom always saw the bright side of things and she loved a good laugh. That’s why I was not understanding her personality changes. Her symptoms of Alzheimer’s included a lot more than memory loss.read more