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DEDICATION
IN APPRECIATION OF LEE SUMMERS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS MY PURPOSE ON EARTH?
DIANNE AND DEPRESSION
SENSING SOMETHING IS HAPPENING TO DIANNE
Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease
ARRIVAL
SHADOWING
DETERIORATION
December 2010
Convincing brothers
June 2011
THE ASSESSMENT AND FORMAL DIAGNOSIS
Recommendations
Informing my siblings of Dianne’s diagnosis
25 June 2011 onwards
FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO PSYCHIATRIST
DISCUSSIONS ABOUT ADMITTING DIANNE INTO A CARING FACILITY
Searching for a suitable caring facility
Preparing for Dianne’s admission
Admitting Dianne into the caring facility
11 September 2011
12 September 2011
DURING THE DAY
EVENING
13 September 2011
14 September 2011
PACKING UP DIANNE’S HOUSE
DIANNE CHANGES HER WILL
DIANNE IN THE CARING FACILITY
Dianne’s second follow-up visit with the psychiatrist
Issues around Dianne’s second House
IMPACT OF DIANNE’S ILLNESS ON HER AND ON HER LOVED ONES
FOLLOWING MY INNER VOICE
MISSING PIECE
Dianne continues her journey of unforgiveness
DIANNE’S END-OF-LIFE JOURNEY
The stages of Alzheimer’s disease
GET HELP AND SUPPORT
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
Make time for yourself
Accept your emotions
Know when to make a change
Choose a caregiving situation
GUILT FEELINGS
CHILDREN AND TEENS
CAREGIVERS
Impact of Alzheimer’s disease on family relationships
Caring for your loved one at home
KEEPING YOUR LOVED ONE SAFE
ORGANISE A SAFE LIVING SPACE
REDUCE CLUTTER
SECURE STOVES AND APPLIANCES
REMOVE HAZARDS
PREVENT DRIVING
CONTROL WANDERING BEHAVIOUR
COMMUNICATION AND BEHAVIOUR
STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING COMMUNICATION
AVOID ARGUING ABOUT REALITY
REASSURANCE
USE DISTRACTION
TRY STATEMENTS, NOT QUESTIONS
COPING WITH PERSONALITY CHANGES
Undertaking end-of-life care of a loved one
Caregiving in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease
Caring at the end-of-life stage
MANAGING PAIN
CONCLUSION
FURTHER READING
REFERENCES
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Me, My Mother, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Me, My Mother, and Alzheimer’s Disease

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There are a great deal of information in the story of me, my mother and Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the intensity of the story, do not even try to take it all at once. Some of you might found that your life journey is totally different of mine, while some facts will jump at you. Focus on this first .If you found that you disagree with some of the facts, just overlook it- but if you get one exceptional thought out of this story which you can use to improve the relationship between you and your mother, and you have a deeper understanding of how a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease affects the individual, the children, family and friends and how to choose the best care for your loved one then I feel satisfied.
There are a great deal of information in the story of me, my mother and Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the intensity of the story, do not even try to take it all at once. Some of you might found that your life journey is totally different of mine, while some facts will jump at you. Focus on this first .If you found that you disagree with some of the facts, just overlook it- but if you get one exceptional thought out of this story which you can use to improve the relationship between you and your mother, and you have a deeper understanding of how a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease affects the individual, the children, family and friends and how to choose the best care for your loved one then I feel satisfied.

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