I am sorry to hear about
your mom and dad...I was the caretaker for my great aunt for many years which the last three she went from Alzheimers to full blown dementia...It is certainly a very sad and difficult time to go through..
One of the things that you can try with your dad is always talk about
past things which usually the long term memory is in tact...I would talk about
stories from my great aunt's childhood everyday...this would bring such a smile to her face...I would also make sure that I never showed any fear or sadness around her since with this disease...they can get so scared if they don't recognize anyone in the room..so I just re-introduced myself everyday...said I was a friend of her father's...and just chit chat...she was also put on a low dose of ativan to help her stay calm when since the anxiety can really get to them..
If your mom is in early stages..there are medications she can take that help with slowing the progression...as well as doing 'memory' games and such..that are fun and where she can keep the brain functions longer...that's where studies show...even for people like me starting in 40's...that if we do things that task our brain everyday, this keeps the synapse's alive and growing..
I am certainly praying for you and your family..and as I'm sure you know..taking care of you, the caretaker, is very important which I'm so glad to hear you are still loving the juicing like I do! What a difference it makes in feeling good:)
Big hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006