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Lean On Me

Support group for those providing care for loved ones with dementia to share their concerns and tips for caring for those who are no longer able to function without assistance.

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Living with someone with Dementia

Started by Caroline L. Mandrusiak Nov 6, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by S.A. Brobin on April 26, 2013 at 10:08am

Hello, I am a parent of a son with emotional disorders and I can certainly empathize with others who cope with family members suffering likewise. My only consolation is that I believe God will soon rid the earth of all illnesses. The Holy Scriptures tell us of his promise to do that at  Isaiah chapter 33 verse 24. He says       " And no resident will say 'I am sick'  "  Also, I receive comfort from knowing God cares for me and my 29 year old son and that helps. There is practical help out there for respite care whereby you can get a break. Contact your social services agency. Eldercare.gov and Eldercare.org may have answers for you.

Comment by dee holey on June 1, 2012 at 10:14am

my mom has dementia and we live together her mind is geting worse  idk what 2 do  so much pain and loss already in our family

Comment by Caroline L. Mandrusiak on November 6, 2011 at 2:07am

Dear Barbra:

 

Do not know if you are still following this site.   I certainly can relate to the situations you are going through with your dad.  I am assuming your dad has Alzhimers.  Sorry if I am wrong.  Sufferers of this disease seem to be much more aware of their decline than those suffering from Frontal Temporal Dementia. My hb thinks there is nothing wrong with him.  This is a blessing in many ways.

 

Anyways, if you wish to talk; please respond.

 

Take Care, Caroline

Comment by Barbara Hutchison on March 29, 2010 at 9:56am
Good morning !
It is raining here in Maryland but we are looking forward to a glorious Easter. My father has called me twice this morning to ask me the same questions that he asked me several times yesterday including "What day is it ??" I thank God every day that he is still able to do as much as he is but wonder which small part of him will stop functioning this week - As he slips away and cannot remember why he is in the WalMart it makes me that much more appreciative of my ability to still function and recognize the beauty around me on a daily basis - at least for right now !
Have a blessed day and do something nice for someone today - you'll feel better immediately !!
Comment by Barbara Hutchison on March 24, 2010 at 7:01am
On Wednesday I took mu father to the doctor for a check-up. Afterward we went to pick up my car from the repair shop. I asked my father if he was ok to drive the short distance to our house - a trip he has made 1000 times - he assured me he would be fine -
He got lost and was over an hour getting back home. He was scared, embarassed and really frustrated with himself. Each day an incident reminds him that he is losing his ability to think and act appropriately - the most devastating point this week was having the neurology specialist tell him he has dementia and there is no cure and very little they can do for him - this is not going to be an easy process. Please keep us in your prayers and have a blessed day.
Comment by Barbara Hutchison on March 23, 2010 at 8:40am
I started this site to let others know that there is someone else in their shoes. It can be overwhelming not only to have someone who relies on you for their daily needs but the emotional toll it takes watching someone you love just slowly fade away is heartbreaking. Just knowing there is someone else going through it and being able to "vent" is a tremendous tool to manage the frustration and sadness caring for a loved can bring. I would like to be able to set up meetings on a regular basis so that those of us in this situation could have a little down time to not only share our experiences but give each other the fellowship and encouragement our Christian faith teaches us to give us the strength to continue - we can share stories and refreshments and leave with a new sense of encouragement and purpose and appreciation. I invite those feeling overwhelmed to join me - there is strength in numbers. Everyone needs to know they are appreciated and the ones for whom we are working may have lost their ability to do so through no fault of their own except the cruel reality of their disease. You are doing God's work.
 

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