Post
Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 58 People

    Two Actually

    My great aunt (grandfathers sister) and my grandmother on my fathers side. It's a sad illness that took them slowly and broke every ones heart. These once independent people reduced to children who required supervision for everything. I wasn't there for most of it as their...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 27, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    She Didn't Stand a Chance

    My mother died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease. It was a horrible thing to witness, and I can only guess at the terror one must feel at the realization that this disease has taken hold. Alzheimer's patients have a recognizably vacant stare; two of my friends who've also...
    JackGrey JackGrey 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 30, 2007

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Six Years Of Hell

    i just wanted to say that i had a grandmother with alzheimer's. she suffered thru it for six very long years before she passed away in 2002. maybe what hurts the most is having to watch the slow, painful descent. i was six when she first was diagnosed and twelve when she died...
    hipypapybthuthdy hipypapybthuthdy 18-21, M Aug 10, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I Don't Want To Live That Way!

    I am terrified that I am next. My grandfather and grandmother both had Alzheimer's and my grandmother is still living with it (if you can call what she is doing living.)  I watch my mother and I wonder how much longer before she is in my grandmother's shoes and then I look...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 7, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Just This Afternoon

    my grandmother just died of alzheimer's. it finally got the better of her, just this evening. she was 93 this year. up until the last 8 years she was a crazy lady anyway. but slowly we all watched as she went downhill. she moved into an assisted living place. her care giver there...
    metalgirl99 metalgirl99 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Worst Way To Go

    My grandmother spent the last seven years of her life as an alzheimer's patient. She was always a little bit senile and forgetful, even when she was middle-aged, according to my mum and aunty anyway. I used to spend my afternoons at my grandparents house after school since my mum...
    CashCarStar CashCarStar 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 2, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My Grandfather

    it hit after my grandmother died. at least that's when it got diagnosed. it changed him, obviously. his love for me didn't change, but he didn't know how to express it anymore. not like he used to, anyway. his new way of saying 'i love you' became repeated urgings not to let my...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 9 Responses Apr 18, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My Grandma

    My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2001. I was in fourth grade. She stayed at home with my grandpa as her care giver for about 8 years! My grandpa is such a strong man to take care of her for that long. We finally convince him she needed to be placed in a nursing home...
    HeartLikeMine10 HeartLikeMine10 22-25, F Oct 27, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Just Getting to Know Ya!

    In 2005 a relative of mine was diagnosed with Dementia. We were just forming a relation after many years of being estranged. They are now in a nursing home and withing away. It is one of the saddest things I have ever seen!  
    closedin closedin 41-45 1 Response Aug 20, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Now We Can Mourn

    We buried my mother's sister today, the last of the Hunter girls. In truth, she left us six or seven years ago. Or perhaps we left her. To the last she was a striking women, carrying the beauty of her youth into her eighties, ever elegant, unfailingly polite. These things she...
    GarciaMarquez GarciaMarquez 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 9, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Runs In My Family

    I have 3 relatives who all had Alzheimer's  and passed away: My grandmother, her sister, and a distant cousin. My grandmother passed away many years ago, but I try to honor her memory by donating to the Alzheimer's Association. I worry that someday my mom will have to battle...
    anoday anoday 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My Great Grandmother

    It's been quite a while since it happened. Near the end she would only call me by my dad's name - she thought I was him at a young age. It is a tragic disease. That's really all I want to say.
    VincentValentine VincentValentine 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 27, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    someone who just won a battle with cancer just a couple years ago if that has now been given about 2 months to live. no treatment is working this time for her. she's only about 20...
    shadewolf7 shadewolf7 22-25, M 1 Response 1 hr ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    A song about my passed friend. It is called, "Auston" Remember those walks we used to take? All those secrets we would make? Getting in trouble for being out too late. Yeah, those...
    dnsc dnsc 18-21, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    it's been 3 and a half years and i still think about him all the time. sometimes i will hear a new song or watch a new movie and know he would have liked it, wish he could see it...
    strs248 strs248 26-30, F 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My head says I should tell him where to go..... he's being unkind and is hurting my feelings. My heart thinks he needs a friend right now and I hate it when my friends are hurting...
    snoopysgirl snoopysgirl 46-50, F 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    At 19 I decided that I was ready to fall in love. I met a boy through mutual friends, we talked all night, and I knew he was the one I would open my heart to. Our relationship...
    Halfapersonn Halfapersonn 22-25, F 19 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My parents are pretty controlling. They also believe that everyone in the world has the same ideology as them, so whatever worked for them works for someone else. Telling me im ok...
    Rucbrar Rucbrar 13-15, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    loosing my brother to a car accident 18 years ago, left me with PTSD. my sister saying I was too " big" to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, left me with self doubt. being diagnosed...
    myjason myjason 41-45, F 1 Response 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Lost my sister this past may. I'm still working through the grief. She had a rare autoimmune disease that was killing her slowly for years, so it wasn't totally unexpected but that...
    BlissfulBoredom BlissfulBoredom 26-30, F 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My best friend at the time and I had known each other since the 6th grade. She was always the person to laugh while I was the shy one. Although I was being bullied by the class...
    ILoveBacon23 ILoveBacon23 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I lost my soul-mate husband 4 years back after he joined M.A.UM Meditation. This is a cult. He became an emotionally and Narcissistic abusive stranger. This has caused me...
    dvirmani dvirmani 41-45, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    This is kind of sad. I don't talk to my mother much. I know she is busy and that my life is boring to her. She doesn't approve of how I dress or my job or how I raise my children...
    kcyata kcyata 41-45, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It's been over a year now since he, my uncle, died and I find myself thinking about him a lot. We didn't see much of one another while he was alive, but in my last few years of...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 4 Responses 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    This is a true story of what happened to Greg Zaffuto. I have just experienced much the same and do not want this to happen to you, so I am sharing the following. I apologize for...
    Grace2U Grace2U 66-70, F 6 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It's a funny old world ain't it ?I just wanna write about my experience that I've had with EP over the last couple of years as a way of closure to a relationship with an online...
    RolexRush RolexRush 31-35, F a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I feel so lost. I am 21 years old, working a dead-end job, and investing thousands into a major that I have no interest in. I cannot seem to get over my ex and I have forsaken...
    bawstenbrewin bawstenbrewin 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Today is recognised as World Cancer Day. What a dreadful disease that claimed the life of my cousin ... a wonderful person. I count it a privilege to have been able to care...
    chocomint chocomint 51-55, F 2 Responses Feb 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Grief is a funny thing. It sneaks up on you, quietly, stealthily, then mugs you of your belongings in a dark alleyway. Sometimes you can feel it coming, sometimes you don't. It...
    PaigeLawley PaigeLawley 16-17, F 7 Responses Feb 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My wife knows I dress, but she refuses to accept it. Therefore, I dress in layers of nylon lingerie and either skirts or dresses when she's not home. She is currently away visiting...
    CDHoney CDHoney 61-65, M 1 Response Feb 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have lost both of my parents to cancer. It is a terrible disease that hopefully we can end. Too much pain has been caused because of it. Too many people lost.
    aaronfunn aaronfunn 41-45, M 3 Responses Feb 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Making Peace with Your Past: Choosing Forgiveness Are you haunted by something that happened in your past? Whether someone wronged you or you made a decision you regret, Dr. Phil...
    Q2013 Q2013 46-50, F Feb 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    So many things have changed... I'm thankful and grateful for the people in my life now. But, the friends I once had are gone. They are now a thought in my mind. I thought we'd...
    Whirlwind5 Whirlwind5 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 31

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Whatever and however you are today is a result of the rest of your past. What I find sad is actually not remembering what happened In those times, what makes you You! Lately I've...
    KeithTheDude KeithTheDude 18-21, M Jan 31

    Your Response

    Cancel
    When I was a lot younger my family had family gatherings and such. As I got older I never really communicated with my cousins nor did they communicate with me. I don't care too...
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 30

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It's not something I usually like to talk about but, I figure that I'm in good company here. I lost my father to COPD when I was 16. He had smoked for 40 years and it just did him...
    thealouwho thealouwho 18-21, F 40 Responses Jan 30

    Your Response

    Cancel
    She threw herself at me. I took things slowly. After a few months, we were official. I was a part of her family's dinners. She was "the happiest they've ever seen her." She treated...
    standardmale standardmale 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 30

    Your Response

    Cancel
    A letter I swore I'd never write: I know I said I wouldn't write to you anymore... But I'm not going to send this to you so I guess I'm still ok. I just want you to know where I...
    saraandherfoxes saraandherfoxes 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 29

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Although it wasn't my family member, it was close enough. My best friend for over 28 years, someone I grew up with and made our own stupid mistakes together, who had our first...
    jlbab321 jlbab321 41-45, F Jan 28

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I lost them when I was 1 I don't know how they died, but after then I was living with my grandparents till I turned 3 and they no longer had the physical ability to take care of me...
    Fighter1999 Fighter1999 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 28

    Your Response

    Cancel
    One of the best mom moments in TV history. I wish more parents knew how important it is to validate their children's feelings.
    MissQueenB MissQueenB 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 27

    Your Response

    Cancel