I have visited almost every blog that exists on the internet and they provide an enormous amount of information. However; I have also found that they tend to talk about what not to do and there is an absence of everyday individual needs for both the caregiver and person they are caring for. I am not going to inundate you with all the details about what dementia/Alzheimer’s is. There is more information available to you than I could possibly coalesce. My hope is that by taking you along with me and my wife on our journey and sharing our posts we can help each other on each of our journeys.
The terms dementia and alzheimers are used interchangeably and separately by a lot of people including myself. As I have learned more about the disease, I have come to understand that alzheimers is one of 10 types of dementia. Dementia is a term used to describe severe changes in the brain that cause memory loss. These changes also make it difficult for people to perform basic daily activities. In most people, dementia causes changes in behavior and personality. I had to learn about what dementia is before I was able to begin to understand the disease and deal with the effects on my wife. As I began to dig through all the information, I realized that my wife (I will refer to her as Joyce), was beginning to show signs of Alzheimers. This was in 2008. Let us begin our 11 year journey.