How it effects the family

United States
January 10, 2007 6:20pm CST
Alzheimer's disease is a very difficult disease for a family to go through. I say family because it effects the entire family. Children get upset when Grampa doesn't remember their name. Spouses get frustrated with watching the decline. Nobody wants to face that now their parent is pooping in a diaper. If this has affected you, let's talk.
3 responses
• United States
31 Oct 07
Alzheimer's Disease Is Very Bad On The Family. I have Just Spent the last Five Years Caring For My Grandmother That Had This Disease So As A GrandDaughter And A Caregiver I For One Know The Effects It Has On The Whole Family.This Disease Makes your Loved ones Forget Your Name,Makes Them Think your out to kill them and makes them say the worse things anyone could say to a family member.Had it Not Been For God Reminding me This is not your Grandmother anymore Sandra but her Disease I would have Gave up and Not been able to Give My Grandmother Her Last Wish And That Was She Made me Promise never to put her in a home.Well I Made it and God Took Her Home May 30,2007 To Be With Him And Never To Surfer Again.I learned in The last 5 years just how strong I am and I get that from My Grandmother Eva Because she was a Fighter till the end.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
My dad has started being forgetful and more and more irritated at us and himself when he forgets things mostly where he has put things he still remembers us and all the disease I guess is in the very early stages yet. They told him to also cut out drinking from aluminium cans because that can cause it to worsen. I am hoping that as the disease progresses that we the family will come together and help my mother be able to deal with it and help her out when she needs it most.
• United States
11 Jan 07
My mother-in-law is struggling with Alzheimer's disease, she hasn't gone to far (yet), I used to a Certified Nursing Assistant and have had some experience (but not personal) with the disease. Right now, I'm trying to help my husband understand it, his dad is gone and it's just us and his sister, the grandkids etc. I think for us right now it's still something we are trying to come to grips with - and trying to help his mom understand it's okay we love her no matter what. :)