Jane’s Story: Caring for my mom with Alzheimer’s


July 5, 2024

Caring for my mom with Alzheimer's

My name is Jane, and I’ve been caring for my mother, who has Alzheimer’s, for the past five years. When her diagnosis came, I felt overwhelmed and unprepared.

Our days start early. I help Mom with her morning routine, which includes bathing, dressing, and having breakfast. The rest of the day involves managing medications, appointments, and finding activities to keep her engaged.

One of the toughest challenges was managing Mom’s behavioral changes. She often became agitated and confused. Through trial and error, I found that a consistent routine and gentle reassurance worked wonders. One of my proudest moments was when she recognized me on her birthday last year, even if just for a moment.

I rely heavily on my local caregiver support group. Sharing experiences and advice with others in similar situations has been invaluable. My friends and family also step in to help, providing much-needed breaks.

Patience and adaptability are crucial. Every day is different, and I’ve learned to go with the flow. Self-care is essential; taking time for myself, even if just a few minutes a day, helps me stay strong for Mom.

If you’re a caregiver, know that you’re not alone. Sharing our stories can provide comfort and guidance to others. Together, we can build a supportive community where everyone feels understood and valued.

We want to hear your story! Why? Because your story matters. Have you ever listened to someone talk about their life and thought ‘Oh, someone else has been through that, too? I thought it was just me!’ Every story shared is a chance to aid another caregiver and help them feel less alone.

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