Monday, October 19, 2009

WHY I’M WRITING

My Father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. My purpose here is to clarify my understanding of what I’m dealing with, in caring for him, and inspire others with similarly stricken family members.
This topic intrigues me because:
The disease seems to be affecting so many aging adults.
I have professionally provided care for Alzheimer’s afflicted residents in an assisted living environment.
I too, as an adult, want to know the warning signs that indicate onset of the disease.
Regarding my Father’s situation:
Is Alzheimer’s a normal aging process?
Is the disease gender driven?
Is the onset manageable, or even curable?
Is Alzheimer’s the same as dementia?
Am I predisposed as a family member?
Answering my questions can enhance:
My capabilities of caring for him when he visits?
What modifications of my home can better assist him.
What special needs he now has that I must be aware of?

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