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Reader Needs Our Help and Advice -- Calling on the Collective Brain of the Alzheimer's Reading Room

Posted Apr 01 2010 11:23am

Calling on all readers to offer advice and support....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Earlier today I received the email below from a new reader. She is in need of our help, insight, and advice.
I just found your website and found it very informative and inspiring. I am a “long distance caregiver” for my mom in Florida (I live in NY). She has just been diagnosed with early Alzheimers – more specifically MCI. My problem is that she is not trying to help herself get better – she is in denial and does nothing but sit home all day, sleep, etc. She has no social life, does not read, does not stimulate her brain. I have tried to talk with her and taken her to see an Independent (not assisted) living community near her home (she lives alone). I am so scared that without any stimulation what so ever, that the MCI will definitely progress into Alzheimer’s. I have been reading and reading and know that stimulation of any kind is beneficial.

I am so frustrated and so worried. I contacted a support group up here, but quite honestly, they weren’t very helpful.

I would appreciate any guidance you can give me.

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