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Dear Carol: My husband has short-term memory loss that indicates an early stage of Alzheimer’s. He’s retired and gets along quite well on his own with just some reminders around the house. Our children live around the country and one of our daughters is fighting melanoma. Even though her husband is supportive, I’d like to be with her during her first round of chemotherapy. 

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Hi Sandi,
Thanks for you suggestions. Both are good ideas.
I appreciate you input!

If she feel that she has neighbors that are willing to check in once or twice a day, she should go. She should call him couple times a day just so he can hear her voice. This will also allow him to stay connected with her and his daughter. I would also suggest that emergency numbers are posted where he can see them easily. Most important is that he never feels forgotten.

Hi Mariarose,
I made the assumption that this had already been thought of, but I shouldn't do that. It would be an excellent solution if it hasn't been thought of. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

This woman mentioned having children, plural. Maybe one of her other grown children could come and "visit" with Dad while she's with her daughter. Or a grown grandchild could come and "visit" grandpa for a few nights. No one likes to be alone, dementia or not.

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