“We can forget those with whom we have laughed but
We can never forget those with whom we have cried.” … Kahlil Gibran
It took a long time for me to gather and process all the information I possibly could about Alzheimer’s, bearing in mind that no two cases are the same.
Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the most serious and progressive forms of mental deterioration and impacts a part of the brain that controls cognitive function including memory, comprehension, thought processing and language capabilities. My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but managed to play bridge until a couple of days before he died of an anoxic brain disorder (stroke).
He was also able to walk alone every day as long as he kept to a specific route. Of course I made sure that he had a cellphone at all times which only had one number on it … mine. He also wore a medical Alert bracelet with his name, address, telephone numbers and the word Alzheimer’s engraved on it.
His doctor prescribed one of the cholinesterase inhibitors, Exelon, which does not cure, but might slow down the progress of the disease.
He lived with the progressive medical, cognitive, emotional and financial challenges as they occurred. A day care center was vital at a certain stage as he needed company and organized activities. He attended a few times a week towards the end and I am only sure of one thing; he needed people to interact with and family with a lot of patience, undeerstanding and love.