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Posted on January 13 2015
My step-dad had Alzheimer's and my mom took care of him. It caused her a lot of stress, as the person with the disease doesn't really know that they have it. They are living in their own happy (hopefully) little world and meet new people every day. Charlie loved to play golf, made stain-glass items, ran marathons and loved sailing. I'm hoping that he could at least have those memories hidden away that he could remember and make him happy. The caregiver is the one who suffers. Seeing their loved one changing every day and not being able to do the things they loved to do. It can be very stressful. My step-dad has since passed away and now I am dealing with my mother, who has developed dementia. It is really hard; especially after seeing my step-dad go through it. My mom has days of loving me and hating me. I try not to take it to heart, but it's hard hearing those mean words coming from her mouth. Try to take everything with a grain of salt and keep loving them the way they are. Remember, they can't help the way they are acting - just be there for them and get some support for yourself. I found this poem that I read often - I don't know who wrote it, but it's great and I hope it helps you.