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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

When my grandmother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer we were devastated. This was the family’s matriarch and no one including my Aunts and Uncles knew what to do. I was shocked that this monster of a disease came and was eating at the very core (brain) of my “Granny”.

Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline.

Granny could not remember who I was and when she did it was so awesome but so few a times that I was just happy that she was alive even if she could not remember me. Ok to be fair she could not remember most if any of us. We were all crushed but this was no time to pout or cy. Granny needed our help and we had to find it fast. Everything that is done from that that moment on is planned but need to be flexible. Things change rapidly during the day and one must be flexible and patient.

Quick facts on Alzheimer's disease

  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.

  • As symptoms worsen, it becomes harder for people to remember recent events, to reason, and to recognize people they know.

  • Eventually, a person with Alzheimer's is likely to need full-time assistance.

My family looked for agencies in the Queens, NY area but I guess none was good enough for my Aunt who was taking care of my Granny as she eventually decided that my granny needed to be in the environment that she loves and so the decision was made to send her home-to Jamaica. I know I sound a bit upset but I guess this was for the best because once again my Aunt was the sole caretaker and I know that this was a full-time job.

There are good reasons, however, to expect that stress and emotional burden will substantially worsen for caregivers, largely their adult children, as baby boomers enter their 80s.

Well, Granny went back to Jamaica and she did live a while but in 2018 my Granny went to be with the Lord. We miss her sorely but I know the relief also.

Dementia is the most difficult chronic condition to manage as evidenced by caregivers’ higher rates of stress disorders and depression when caring for people with dementia.

Currently, many people living with dementia are cared for at home by family members. If you know of any who needs help tell them to call us at Promise Cares. At Promise Cares we offer affordable Alzheimer's Disease and dementia care services in the Atlanta area. We know firsthand that providing memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients is stressful and challenging for caregivers. We are here for you and we have flexible Alzheimer’s care assistance that removes the burden of care for a short time or an extended period this all depends on your current needs. Call Us Today!!!

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