My Demented Mom

5 million Americans suffer from Dementia. My mom is one of them. A site for young adult caregivers struggling and coping with "the long goodbye."

A fantastically touching interview worth watching about early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Award-winning CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen talks about his book, Jan’s Story: Love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer’s, based on his journey with his wife Jan. Petersen talks about the changes in his wife’s personality, which started as early as 40, the reaction of family […]

My boyfriend Jon talks about meeting my mom… funny to read his story, because in some ways, it’s very different than mine, which you can check out below: The week leading up to the big meet. The meeting… postmortem. Jon’s story……………………………………………………. thank you so much for doing this! I first met Gaita in early 2010.  […]

It’s been a while since my last post. Sorry about that. New job and all… these blog posts are sometimes tough to write… not because it’s especially difficult to express myself, but rather because I feel like we’re in a bit of a lull. Nothing is really happening with my mother. She’s mostly the same. […]

I’ve been on this road since I was 28 or so. I think. I’m 34 now. I can’t really imagine my life without this disease. Even though my mother is the one who’s sick, her dementia affects me too. Although I’m at a point now where I don’t miss what could have been (rather, it doesn’t […]

My boyfriend says I worry too much. I haven’t written to much about my new (actually, it’s been over a year) relationship with Jon. Jon is one of the most compassionate and understanding individuals in my life. He is patient and always kind……………………………….. best of all, he’s a gem with my mom. He holds her […]

My dad used to call me his “princess” or “buckaroo.” Not anymore. My dad was always my favorite parent. He wasn’t exactly the disciplinarian, unless I did something really bad like crash my car—5 times (only 3 accidents were technically my fault)—and he would always indulge me whenever he could. The perks of being an […]

Lola coffee chick: “How’s your Saturday goin’ so far?” Me: “It’s been interesting…” Lola coffee chick: “Oh, no. That can be good or bad.” Me: “Yeah, well, you know. I’ll take a drip coffee with skim.” Lola coffee chick: “I’ve had those days [giggles]. Sign here.” Me: “OK. Thanks.” Lola coffee chick: “Have a great […]

I wonder……………….. I wonder…………………. I wonder…………………………………………… A new development………. I’ve met a boy. Yes, a real boy who actually doesn’t care that my mom is demented. This has always been one of my greatest fears since leaving NYC: Meeting someone who would happily, openly, lovingly accept me and my family….. my mom. For every boy […]

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