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I Have a Relative With Alzheimers

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 241 People

    My Father-in-law Is Feeling Lonely

    My mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease two years ago.  She has steadily gone downhill since then.  My father-in-law feeds her every day and changes her diapers.  He gets a nurse to come in twice a week to bathe her.  I can see my father-in...
    AnarChristian AnarChristian 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 21, 2009

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    I Wish I Could Take It All Away From Her.

    My great grandmother (GeeGee) has alzheimers and it has been the most overwleming experiences Ive ever had. She doesnt realize its me, she confuses everyone with other people. And she cant walk anymore, cant write, or do her puzzle like she used to, she can barley talk now. And I...
    Alannamarie Alannamarie 13-15, F Nov 20, 2012

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    My Mom

    My mother has alzheimer like symptoms....she has a problem with short term memory.  She gets angry when she forgets and then she cries.  She forgets where she puts things and she buys things that we already have lots of (repetitive).  I am looking into it to see if...
    Yohanna Yohanna 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 21, 2009

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    She Was Like A Grandma.

    My great-aunt is 92. She has alzheimer's. Don't tell anyone, but as a child I loved her above any other relative or any grandparent. She was.. is.. an absolute angel. I was her favorite kid also. I went to see her 12 hours away every vacation and cried when I had to go home and...
    grumpycat1 grumpycat1 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 5, 2013

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    My Grandma

    Today at 1AM, my grandma, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, got up, got into my dad’s car and drove off. We contacted the police. But before the police could find her, two college kids pulled into our driveway with my grandma. One was driving my dad’s car and the other...
    NarutoShippudenFanGirl NarutoShippudenFanGirl 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    Grandmother With Alzheimer's, Family Is Useless. Help!

    My grandmother is 79 and has shown sign of Alz for a while now. Her 5 children refuse to help her in ANY way and now my brother and I (her grandsons) are struggling to get her help. She won't go to the doctor, she won't accept help from "strangers", and she lives alone. The...
    BReal815 BReal815 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 9, 2010

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    This Isn'T The Dad I Knew

    My father has Alzheimer's disease. He has had it for about 7 years now. It has got so bad in the last year that he can't remember what city he lives in and doesn't seem to know my mom is his wife, he thinks she is his mom or cousin. It has been nothing short of heartbreaking to...
    amazingdream amazingdream 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 22, 2013

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    Why

    My mother has had alzheimers for the past six years. It has taken a toll on the family. She is at the point were she has good days and bad days. She just stares in outter space. She can not feed herself She is in a nursing home were the care she gets is just OK.Why does someone...
    det123 det123 61-65, M 4 Responses Mar 31, 2012

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    I'm Not Ready

    My paternal granddad was diagnoised with alzheimers a few years ago. As soon as I heard I researched it learning what I could off the internet. If anyone has any recommendations for books please message me and let me know. I first remember knowing something was wrong when two...
    Burgandyrose Burgandyrose 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 12, 2010

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    My mother an she just have 40 years,

    no she is agressive i dont know what to do, where to take her, or how to deal with her
    desirejanice desirejanice 22-25, F Sep 12

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    Alzheimers

    About a year a ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with alzheimers after a devastating fall that almost cost her her life. After a long recovery life seemed to returned to normal. My grandfather is taking her disabilty very hard. i need to know what i can do to assist him. I love...
    Jacob2010 Jacob2010 18-21, M May 10, 2009

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    My Aunt Sis

    First of all, to this day I don't know why she's called Sis. I do know that she's the oldest of my Mom's siblings and she's a sweetheart. I have never heard her raise her voice and she has never yelled at me. We would visit her every summer as a child and she was just as...
    awkwardat50 awkwardat50 46-50, F Oct 31, 2013

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    This Is For The Stongest Person I Know

    People might say I shouldn't be so affected by this considering it's my great grandma and she's 91 years old. But those people don't understand. My grandma has been my role model ever since she patiently explained to a 2 year old me that she can't speak the "nice language...
    elenaki elenaki 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 7, 2013

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    I HATE Alzheimer's. It is

    such a horrible disease. My mother has early onset as did her mother. I hate that this disease robs them of exactly who they are. Would love to chat with others dealing with a loved one who has ALZ.
    TrinityX2 TrinityX2 46-50, F 3 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    Alzheimers Has Been Good To My Grandma.

    It sounds crazy to say that but truthfully it has. My Grandma has always been the most cheerful and kind woman, while my grandpa has had a little bit more of a hard exterior. I've lived with my grandparents, and I spent every Christmas with them. We used to go up to there trailer...
    b3auxbat0ns b3auxbat0ns 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 4, 2012

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    My Bampi <3

    My bampi (grandfather) recently passed away, he had been suffering with Alzheimers for about 10 years I think, he lived in a care home for people with Alzheimer's for 8 years. He stopped talking, walking and eating, he then had breathing problems and eventually he just died, I...
    CazDavies CazDavies 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 28, 2012

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    My Grandmother

    Tonight I entered my grandmother's room to give her her nighttime medicine. She was wide awake, whereas she is usually mostly asleep by this time. As she was taking her medicine, she started talking about her childhood. She was saying the exact same things that she told me...
    Nairb27 Nairb27 22-25 1 Response Apr 21, 2012

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    My Grandaddy had Alzheimer's

    after my Nanny (his wife) passed away. Luckily I never saw it get bad enough to where he forgot who I or other people were but I knew he had it. It was sad to see but he lived into his 90's and he had an amazing life so I knew that he it wad only a scratch on the glass for him...
    HappyHart5 HappyHart5 16-17, F Jul 17

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    Nana...

    My Aunt's Mom did not like me when I was a little girl because I was an "ugly duckling." I was a very shy and awkward child and she was not quiet or discreet about her opinion of me. VERY VOCAL!!! I would overhear her say things such as," Poor ugly thing...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 20, 2009

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    I Miss Her Most When I Am With Her

    I miss my grandmother very much these days but the saddest thing is I miss her most when I am with her.  I spent the last four days taking care of her but taking care of her physically seems easy compared to trying to care for her emotional needs. She is just so unhappy and...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 53 Responses May 31, 2009

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    My Wife Has Alzheimers

    On December 20th of last year we learned what I had suspected for several months. My wife has Alzheimer's/ This was especially difficult because she has a long history of bipolar disorder and has been hospitalized four times in the past six years. About two months ago we...
    beginner1942 beginner1942 66-70, M 1 Response Jun 10, 2013

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    Alzheimers On Vacation

    Background: We were on vacation in Cape Cod, MA, with Grammy, who had Alzheimer’s. It was a particularly up and down day. Grammy, sometimes you can be so funny – 88 years old yet so child-like. You will sit, lost in thought, lost in place. What an awful feeling...
    talking2wendy talking2wendy 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 25, 2010

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    Well...I Had One

    I think its even worse when youre watching someone die slowly. She was my nana. When i was little, poppop and her would come babysit me at my house while my mom was still working. I dont remember much about her, but i know poppop still loves her very much. I remember how much she...
    1990cupcake 1990cupcake 18-21 1 Response Jul 27, 2009

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    The Birthday Party

    She did this every year, so the call came as no surprise. In fact, I had been expecting it for the last few days. The only surprise was that it took so long. I was sitting with my wife having our coffee after dinner when the phone rang. As I got up to answer, my wife gave me a...
    Exakta66 Exakta66 51-55, M Feb 28, 2013

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    Mom'S Dad Had It, Dad'S Dad Had It, Now My Dad Has It.

    My dad worked very hard as an orthopedic surgeon to support 12 children until the age of 70, and theres still one little trouble make at home under 18. He had about 6 good months after retiring until things started to go south. He's almost 73 now and is still in the early stages...
    gpaige27 gpaige27 26-30, F Apr 11, 2013

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    Mom In a Nursing Home

    Yesterday Dad and I learned that Mom told a nurse to "just go to hell!"  I have never heard Mom use a "naughty word" in my almost-58 years!  One more step in her steady decline with Alzheimer's.  A somewhat humorous one, I suppose...if it...
    AnnyBeth AnnyBeth 56-60 Aug 5, 2009

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    Alpha Lipoic Acid, An Inexpensive Supplement, Is Shown To Be Helpful Against Alzheimer's

    Excerpted from : "A Simple Acid Shown to Halt and Even Prevent Alzheimer’s" by Danica Collins "...One of the first experiments that tested the theory of ALA’s effects on brain health was conducted over the course of about 12 months. The researchers gave patients 600...
    conceptualclarity conceptualclarity 51-55, M Dec 30, 2011

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    Going Through The Stages Of Death Right Now.

    I have a father right now who is in the hospital and going through the stages of death. It could be possible that by the time that people respond, he will be dead. I don't know what to do or what to say. I'm trying to support my mother who is constantly crying. I myself am not...
    midnightstarr midnightstarr 36-40, F 8 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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    Grandma

    At the end she didn't remember my name.  She couldn't laugh at the memories of me trying to help her in the kitchen.  She didn't know who my grandfather was, and she was terrified of her children.  Alzheimers is a terrible disease.  It not only causes a...
    cedricsmom cedricsmom 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 2, 2009

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    My grandmother had late onset AD.

    I was her caretaker for ten months before we lost her to it. It was the most challenging, but most rewarding ten months of my life. It got to the point where she forgot how to swallow, but she never forgot how to sing and dance :) She had a heart of gold and I learned so much...
    biologynerd91 biologynerd91 22-25, F 6 Responses Feb 4

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    I have an uncle and he,

    in the last few weeks has deteriorated. He seemed completely fine until having a break down where he was sectioned to a mental health hospital. He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's as well as paranoid schizophrenia. My family have told me that I should keep the image of the...
    butterfly789 butterfly789 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2013

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    Mother-in-Law In Assisted Living

    We just put my Mothetr-in-law in assisted living at The cottages.  she loves, but hates us and asks for money and beer every day.  Is it a mistake for her to have a phone,.  She calls us 7 or 8 times every day demanding beer and money.
    fdfell fdfell 70+, F Jul 11, 2009

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    My dad past away 5 years ago at 80 from this

    insidious disease. What I never realised was that it is not just about the person losing their memory, but that the body begins to forget how to work - breathe, swallow, bowels, walk. I am a firm believer in euthanasia. My father would not have wanted to disintegrate like he did...
    bookwolf bookwolf 51-55, M Feb 16

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    My Grandmother

    I didn't really notice anything was wrong with her until one day when I was about 8. We were standing in here living room and she turns o me and asks "Where are we?" I told her we were at her house but she refused to believe me. I thought that was quite strange. Not long after...
    HurricaneLeia HurricaneLeia 26-30, F Apr 19, 2010

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    Actually I Have Lots of Alzheimers In My Family

    My dad's side of the family almost all have it. My mothers side of the family all have cancer. So I got cancer, which will probably mean I will not be alive long enough to get the Alzheimers. This is a good thing. I have seen my aunts and uncles slowly turn back into children...
    DAVIDinIRELAND DAVIDinIRELAND 41-45, M 1 Response May 8, 2009

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    Watching My Spouse Go Away

    My marriage is a May December marriage, in that my wife is in her late 70s and I'm in my mid-50s. She has hereditary Alzheimer's, she lost a brother and sister to the disease and she has another brother it is in the final stages. It's tough to watch her every day fade further and...
    jlewis3555 jlewis3555 56-60, M Sep 28, 2012

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    My Grandmother.....

    Has always been like my mother. She practically raised me and I've never been away from her more than a month or so since I was born. I never thought my Grandmother would have Alzheimers. I always thought she would live to an old age and then just be gone one day. I wasn't...
    explainit2me explainit2me 22-25, F Mar 16, 2012

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    I live with my paternal grandparents

    and have lived with them all my life. My Grandfather has always done everything for me and has been the father figure in my life when my real father was incarcerated. (Which was half of my life...he's in and out) He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when I was 14. I'm 18...
    nemophilist8 nemophilist8 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 20

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    Slowly Losing My Dad

    Growing up was hard for me.  As a child I was different, independant, and willful.  I didn't have many friends, and I fought a lot with my parents.  One thought I cherished the most, was the fact that I was Daddy's little girl.  Even if I fought with my pops...
    notreallythere notreallythere 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2010

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