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Sons and Daughters

  1. You will notice something just isn’t quite right years before a diagnosis.
  2. You will dismiss an inability to maintain finances as simply being bad with numbers.
  3. Your mother will lose sight of a daycare child while in her care, only to later find him down the street at a neighbor boy’s house once the authorities have been notified.

Continued here: http://lonnawhiting.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/after-the-diagnosis/#sthash.rhWMaIPQ.dpuf

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When I was only 8 my mom gave birth to the 4th of the 5 kids in our family. Within a yr. #5 came along. By the time she and my Dad were expecting # 5 they discovered that my baby brother (born on my 8th birthday) was very ill with a very rare and devastating illness. Dr's immediately said to "put him in a home" as he will never live to see age 5. Docs said institutionalize him. My loving parents said "no way" to that. It was hard and took a great toll on us all, but of course no one more than my Mom. It was also a beautiful and awesome life having him in it.

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My mother Laura always the Christian lady, kind and considerate, sweet and charming.  Her smile, a bit crooked- nonetheless; adorable.  Momma loved her flower garden and took great pride in her home.  She was the neighborhood candy maker during Christmas holidays.  Christmas was her favorite time of year as shown by the lights, glitter and garland with which she decorted inside and out. She enjoyed so much having the family gather at her home for Christmas dinner.  

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We call her Mom, Aunt Edna, Ms. Dav, Ms. D, Granny  Edna P, Ms Edna, and Mrs.

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My Mom Jean has Alzheimer's Disease 14 years. Mom lived with me for many years misdiagnosed. She was 58. Alzheimer's never crossed my mind or the Drs. This disease knows no boundaries including age. We were all ignorant. In 2005 after an ER visit and 19 horrid days in a psych ward   Mom was diagnosed and was told she had less than 3 years to live. Mom insisted on placement in a Nursing home. Me and my sister were furious but had no choice but to respect her wishes. I guess mom knew she was sicker than we did and she was protecting us. Always a mom <3.

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I created this collage to reflect how dementia has touched my life and my relationship with my mother. The title of the piece is "The Etiquette of Dementia." 

 

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My elderly mother loved going grocery shopping with me, although it tired her out. She wandered happily through the store by my side, clutching the handle of a rolling shopping cart. She tended to smile at, and talk to, just about everyone who passed by.

Strangers frequently stopped to say, “You’re so lucky you have your mother. I wish mine were still alive.”

Every once in a while after a rocky night with my mother, I was tempted to say, “Well, our life together isn’t all peaches and cream.”

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I was the primary caregiver for my mother, Mama Hawk, for 5 years.  She lost her battle with Alzheimer's in June 2012.  After her death, I decided to share what I learned and documented it at mamahawksjourney.com in hopes that it may help others on the same journey.

 

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I lost my dear Dad on Marxh 22, 2013.  He fought a hard fight and cheated death a few times.  We were told he showed signs of Alzheimer's about six years ago.  It is so hard to watch a loved one struggle with this disease and slowly take away his memory, dignity, and ability to function without assistance.

My Dad was very intelligent, owned his own business, could build anything and grow the best garden vegetables.  He was very social, loved Johnny Cash and was often the life of the party playing air guitar.

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My father has been very sick with Alzheimer's Disease and/or Related Dementia, increasingly since 2008.  Since that time I decided to begin treating him with music and, in May 2011, to begin videotaping sessions with him.  These initial interviews have blossomed into a 2+ years and runing feature film project which I wish to share with everyone to give hope, solidarity and to increase awareness and speed of cure for these terrible diseases. 

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