My 89 yr. old mother, who lives in Georgia is in mid stage Alzheimer's. She has health issues: high blood pressure, diabetes (type 2), chronic anemia from kidney problems and heart disease. My daughter, Carmen and I are her primary care providers. Other caregiving family members are: Nicole Searcy, Marissa Bryant, Laurice Williams, Gregory Searcy and Carlos Searcy. She has to be monitored 24 hours a day so that she does not leave her home and get lost, a condition of Alzheimer’s disease called sundowning (sadness, agitation, fear, as well as other mood and behavior changes that occur just before dark are called Sundowner's Syndrome, or sundowning). Besides personal care needs, we also run errands to pick up groceries, prepare meals, pay bills, accompany her to doctor’s appointments, stay with her during hospital admissions, provide travel and recreational outings/events and provide constant conversation during her awake hours (approximately 18 hours).
My sisters are all outside of Georgia and have families. My eldest brother lives around the corner from the family home. One younger brother currently occupies the family house. Alzheimer's disease is very draining on mom as well as her caregivers. The physical, psychological and financial strain is real. It is a 24/7 job that is not for the faint at heart. I am not sure what God's plan is for my mother's continuous care. I would like to see her "age in place", which is what she wants. However, as the Alzheimer's progress, I am not sure how feasible that will be. I cannot fathom placing her in a nursing home because she is ambulatory and can still do a lot for herself with supervision. God will continue to orchestrate this journey and make necessary provisions along the way. Being a part of this journey is a privilege!
We will be celebrating mom's 90th birthday on May 28, 2016 in the form of a party. If you would like to contribute to the event, please go to her GOFUNDME page:
Thanks in advance for your contributions!