“Richard's Hope”inhonor of myhusband of 39 years. Since he is now a resident of Valley View Nursing Home we are part of the Valley View Team. We both had family members who suffered from thisdreadful disease and now he has Alzheimer's-- A disease with no cure and noremission; and whichis being diagnosed more and more at a younger age.
, my husband went from anindependent, self-reliant individual to someone in need of assistance withdaily routines. The challenge for me istopatientlyaddresshis needs despite his constant resistance. Richard's inability to reasonand his determination to complete everyday routines independently can cause a10 minute procedure to take 2 hours or more with no guarantee that the taskwill be accomplished.
Dan Gadsby, (husband ofB. Smith, the famous restaurateur, model, author, television host and Alzheimer'ssufferer) described caregiving as the hardest job he has ever had. Whathas helped meisbeing proactive, acceptingthe help of my support groups (professionals, friends and family members), volunteeringfor the Alzheimer's Walk and making alittle time for me...Oh, and playing Words With Friends where I can refocusfor a minute or two, take a deep breath, and then go back to the task at handin a calmer manner.
We must work harder eachyear to contribute as much money as we can toward Alzheimer's Research sofamilies in the future only know about the long, slow, progressive pain andheartache of the patient, his or her caregiver, family and friends from booksand stories passed down to younger generations.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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