Monday, July 13, 2009

Moments in time

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"If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that Alzheimer’s is an illness of moments, and you must be ready to experience them when they come. These moments are so important when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Sharing a joke, recalling a forgotten memory, the joy in performing a much-loved activity, like singing or walking along the lakeshore. That quick flash of recognition, when your loved one truly sees you, even briefly. That moment of connection, when they are either exactly as you remember them, or when they show some new facet that you have never seen. Tiny scraps, these flashes of time, they are the buried treasure of caregiving, rare jewels that come to you when you least expect it, often when you have run out of hope and stamina.
Caregiving is an emotionally and physically draining job, with very few perks. Each individual must decide for him or herself whether it is worth the struggle. Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic. In another ten years or so, it will touch most families in America one way or another. And its not just disease that changes lives; old age also leads to the need to make major health and life decisions, and to clean out and dispose of family property. The baby boom generation is rapidly approaching their senior years and their families will be dealing with care-giving and care of property. Almost everyone has had to perform this chore, will have to soon, or knows someone who has. Its not an easy task to undertake, but it can have its rewards; the same thing can be said of care-giving."


  1. Joy, I am so proud of you. You are amazing. I look forward to reading more. Love you, Shi