Dear Candid Caregiver: My heart is breaking! My mom and I have always been close, even shopping together and having lunch quite regularly, so it was devastating when she was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s at age 53. Mom seems to have a particularly aggressive form of the disease, so just three years down the road she’s now judged to be in the late stage of her disease. Two years ago, I quit college to move back home and take care of her, which I was glad to do under the circumstances. Many changes have been challenging, of course, particularly six months ago when it became necessary to move her into a memory unit. She has good care, but now she’s begun forgetting my name. When she does remember it, I’m so thrilled that it frightens me because I know that the day is coming when she won’t recognize me at all.
Carol is the Candid Caregiver
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