REMEMBER THE LOVED ONE, NOT THE DISEASE

Alzheimer’s disease is an extremely tragic and life altering disease. It impacts not just the diagnosed individual but the entire family. Although there is no cure for the disease, the article attached below highlights and provides fantastic advice for all caregivers. The article reinforces that although a loved one might be diagnosed, their identity is not found in the disease. This is a critical belief to understand. As told through personal stories, the author of this article finds his mom behind the curtain of Alzheimer’s and sees glimpses of her old self.

As a caregiver, it is important to remember that your loved one has a disease called Alzheimer’s but is not only Alzheimer’s. It will be difficult at times to find your loved one among the disease but he or she is still there! The other parts of the article highlights that his moms laugh was the same, that she still enjoyed similar food and her old smile. With Alzheimer’s disease, the small things help remind caregivers that they are caring for the same loved one before the diagnosis.

This personal article by the New York Times helps find light in a dark disease!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/opinion/sunday/my-mother-lost-and-found.html?WT.mc_id=enews2015_07_16&utm_source=enews-aff-174&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=enews-2015-07-16&_r=0

Caroline Bortz

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.