Alzheimer – inside and outside the disease. What is Alzheimer’s disease? There are many scientific articles about it so we are not going in to it. We can simply describe it as heavy disease that takes someone from you.
When Alzheimer’s disease changes our life, when an invisible guest comes to us, we can discover a new world.
Slowly, something strange and sneaky starts to happen. It becomes more and more visible. It comes in to our world. Suddenly we all live with it. When Alzheimer’s disease is present, it simply makes us to accommodate to it.
Within a period of 2-3 years big changes become visible. The person who has got this disease forgets almost everything that happened in this period of time. Old habits still live and old memories are alive but everything new belongs to the news every day. Independent of how often you repeat something, it will be something new later that day or next day.
What is Alzheimer’s disease? There are many scientific articles about it so we are not going in to it. We can simply describe it as heavy disease that takes someone from you. The person with this disease is physically present but you can experience him or her as someone else.
It is very difficult to accept the facts that everything is changed and that someone you love is not as before. There are many ways of getting help with managing this disease, especially in countries like Sweden.
Oblivion and concern are present every day. Taking care of person with Alzheimer’s disease, showing love and patience is something that helps very much. It means very much to this person even though you notice that it probably will be forgotten next day.
The disease can destroy family relations. It is horrible to see how some family member avoids you in 20 years before you get the disease. But when you get it, the same person is there to create an own story about your family.
As professionals, we have been following and we still follow an old lady and how her Alzheimer’s disease develops. The involved parts are her two sons and their families, Memory Clinic and home care. Those two sons take care of this lady’s economy.
By some unknown reason her sister spreads heavy lies about them. On Facebook and probably other social medias she writes how the sons expose their old and sick mother to torture by limiting her access to money with the goal to inherit more. But that pathological lie has no value.
According to the Memory Clinic those heavy lies are nothing to worry about. Taking care of mother’s economy/money is just the right thing according to the head doctor at the Memory Clinic.
Alzheimer’s disease requires that you create stable Teflon against different lies. It is important to remain strong to be able to love and defense the person who lives for you even though you notice that both disease and oblivion are there. By remaining strong and close to the person with Alzheimer’s disease, we make everyday better for both parts.