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  1. Congratulations on winning the Alzheimer’s blog competition with this terrific post – a well deserved winner!
    Sally Jenkins recently posted..Writing Serials for Women’s Magazines Episode 2

  2. Thank you so much, Sally! As a fellow contestant, your best wishes mean even more.

    Congratulations on your recognition, too! Your post about famous writers (such as Agatha Christie) that may/did have memory loss was a very interesting topic, and I learned something, too. I hope everyone who comes here also reads your entry.

    Welcome to TLeC! Come back again! Write on!

  3. Linda – this is a great article on the sensitivity and care that it takes to care for someone w/ Alzheimer’s. Terrific insight and personal experiences throughout… Congratulations on winning the blog competition!

    Btw… We love the blog (overall) and want to include you in our blogroll.
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  4. Welcome to TLeC, Steve!

    Thanks for the compliments and for adding me to your blogroll! I’m honored.

    I just visited your site briefly, and I can see your strong interest in senior care advocacy as well. Keep up the great work! I will head back there to read more soon.

  5. DOROTHY CLANTON

    I do those things too! I believe my mom can still experience some things but just cant communicate them. I am having a very hard time watching her fade I really love her and feel I am falling apart. I will not give up tho and thanks for the encouraging post.

  6. Hi Dorothy,

    Welcome to TLeC and thank you so much for sharing!

    I’m sorry you are going through this, but am glad you share my belief that even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease patients can and do communicate and comprehend — even if it’s in a more passive way, and not via the regular means of communicating we are used to.

    It is very heartbreaking to watch a parent fade and not be the strong individual we always saw them being. Hang in there! Your mom is so very lucky to have you there. Do you have a support group of people you can vent to in person when you feel like you’re falling apart? Turn to other friends, family or a medical professional if you’re feeling overwhelmed as a caregiver! You don’t want to reach burnout because then you won’t be able to be there for your mom. The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) has a 24/7 hotline number you can call and they will listen and help however they can: 1-800-272-3900. You never have to feel alone. Please take care of yourself!

  7. Wendy Knox

    Hi There
    Thanks for sharing your story; I’m caring for my younger sister with early onset AD; I mourn every day; we do some of the things you suggest for the same reasons; I’ll try a few more of the things you did with your Mum; thanks for connecting x

  8. Hi Wendy,

    Thank you for your comment and welcome to TLeC. I understand how heartbreaking your situation is and I’m glad to help.
    Please hang in there, and remember, you are not alone! Are there any support groups for dementia/AD caregivers
    in your area you can join?

  9. Wendy Knox

    She really loves to sing along with familiar music, and we did some silly square dancing in the lounge room; great fun for both of us; I am very inspired by your account of you and your Mum; wonderful to hear the positives
    Again, thanks

  10. Wendy Knox

    We are well supported by neighbours who visit deliberately to interact with my Sis
    There is a group I know of, but I’m hesitant to join; want to keep my Sister’s individuality , if you know what I mean

  11. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for sharing your other activities with us! I love the idea of “silly square dancing” if a loved one is still ambulatory. My mom was in a wheelchair in the late stages. You are fortunate to have neighbors who visit as well. I’m sure you’re adding much to your sister’s world every day!
    Linda Abbit recently posted..Take Photos of Your Aging Parents During the Holidays

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