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."

1. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. 2. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease (I’m guessing this figure does not include Americans living with other types of dementias like FTD). 3. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. 4. In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided […]

1. Diminish distractions. 2. Converse one-on-one. 3. Keep things simple. 4. Avoid arguments (this should be number 1). 5. Just keep talking. I would also like to add: 6. Walk in their shoes. 7. Step into their world and speak their “language” (even if it makes no sense………………… my mom was only able to articulate […]

It was around 8pm last night when I started watching some of the videos I had taken of my mom. In the more recent ones, she is yelling — a lot. That’s all she can do. She can’t talk. I take these videos because, I feel like people don’t believe me when I say, ‘I […]

One of the biggest challenges I face when I talk or visit with my mom is remembering that this woman is still my mom. It’s easy for me to put up my wall and distance myself from her, and I do, often, because the hurt of her transformation into this now sometimes incoherent child just […]

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