This is turning out to be a wonderful week for Alzheimer's caregivers and for Alzheimer's disease awareness....
By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room
Maria Shriver is making the rounds discussing The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's Disease.
ABC is doing an excellent job in developing a series of video interviews that are really knocking home the epidemic size of the problem the nation will be facing with Alzheimer's disease, and the magnitude of the contribution that Alzheimer's caregivers are making.
I mentioned earlier that Maria Shriver is now describing herself as an Alzheimer's activist. Somebody has to lead and Maria appears to me to be the "just right person" for the job.
Maria understands the life we lead as Alzheimer's disease caregivers, and I believe this is important. You have to be in the Front Row to really understand. Maria's father, Sargent Shriver, suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
For me this was an important video.
Editor Note: I suggest you take the time to watch the entire video. Be patient. This video is one of the best I have seen. It is full of information and moving. I believe you will find the parts with 16-year-old Lindsey Jordan particularly interesting. Please look at the faces of the Alzheimer's caregivers. Your comments are welcome. Suggestion: bring Kleenex.
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,880 articles with more than 95,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.
The video is indeed very moving, and anyone who has cared for an Alzheimer's sufferer will feel this. I am looking after my Dad, mid stage Alzheimer's, and one of the things I have found most important is knowing what to expect and what is likely to happen as this stops any surprises. a colleague recommended a wonderful resource to me, a free bonus ebook all about dealing with Alzheimers, and Dr Lamont who wrote the book guided us through the stages, and what was likely to happen. she gives great tips about how to keep Dads mind as sharp as possible as long as possible, and his concentration span has definately increased. Eating really well, fresh air and exercise as well as mind games eg crosswords have become a very important part of his care too. And doing these things gives us some great quality time together as a family while he can still participate.