When my father first started showing signs of dementia, my family didn’t understand what was happening. The internet wasn’t the tremendous resource it is today and without information and guidance our family struggled. We were at least two years into his condition before he was diagnosed and even with a diagnosis, we felt very much that we were on our own, just trying our best.
At first resistant my mother joined a dementia support group at my father’s assisted living a year or so after he started his stay there. It was one of the best things she ever did for herself. My brother and I couldn’t support her in the way someone who was in the same situation as her could. There is a difference between losing your life partner to dementia and losing your parent to it.
I am now a community volunteer with Alzheimer’s Association, teaching classes and connecting people to resources that weren’t available for my family. I walk in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s every year and will be taking panel for Remember for Me to the three walks I’ll be going to this year Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces.
I, of course, hope for a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia. But meantime, I know that there is power and comfort in connection.
Please consider supporting me in this year’s walk: