Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Dementia in 2016, and the first thing I thought of was what will I do when/if she forgets me? Or forgets one of my sisters? Or one of our children? I was living in Kansas at the time, and started making plans to move back to Indiana...a move I hadn't planned to make until I was either retired or dead.
Being able to spend time with Mom is priceless. Most of the time she seems to know something is wrong with her memory, but I've never heard her say she has Alzheimer's. As long as she's mostly happy, I don't much care if she understands she has Alzheimer's or if she thinks everything is fine. Mom is still in her own home, with my stepdad keeping a watchful eye on her. I will forever be grateful that she has him.
My sisters and I are holding our breath, wondering if we will be next in line. We have an aunt with Alzheimer's. Our grandfather had Alzheimer's. It seems we're playing Russian roulette and there's more than one bullet loaded.
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