Hello everyone just a quick update I posted last week about my fathre, daignosed with AD. Mom haveing a hard time and we all went on vacation together last week. We all stayed in the same house. All 14 of of. It was not as stressfull as I thought. Although my dad was way out of sorts. Noiced that he is starting yo shuffle. My brothers, kids Husband, sisters in law, and brothers girlfriend were defenelty aware of my dad not being mentally with us. But we all took care of him, (we only lost him one time as he wondered out in front of the house, while nobody watched.) , and played ball, frisby, and yes I even got to dance with him in the sunset. He loves to dance. We even got a little silly dancing a fast sound on the sand. As you know AD patients do tend to act like children. I feel like I have already grieved the dad i knew and know must enjoy the man he is now, no matter difficult that is now. I enjoyed is company more that ever. I tried very hard to ignore the time thta he got angry with someone over something so tiny. Probably knowing that it would not be long till he no longer knows who I am and we will no longer be able to dance made the hard times more tollerable.. My siblings are not as open with their feeling about this. I do hope that they will be able to come to terms with it soon. It sound selfish but I can not worry about that. I need to make sure my mom is ok. My parents will continue on vacation staying with one of my siblings. I hope to get her to seek out a support group for caregviers. Any ideas on how to convice her? She really wants to take care of him forever, I know that whe will not beable to as he moves to the next stages of AD. He seems to be progessing so quickly. SHe now shaves, him and help him get dressed. He als need to be reminded to eat. I know that each stage has no time frame. I gave her the 36 hour day as she has read it, so that is a good start.
Thanks for your support.