Hi, Chevy. Thanks for your reply. I was sorry to hear about
your MOM passing away with cancer. Also, sad to hear that your Aunt has Alzheimer's. It really does seem to speed up, when there is a traumatic experience that they go through. My MOM's Alzheimer's got worse when my DAD passed away suddenly of a heart attack. My sister and my mother found him outside on the ground with an axe in his hand, as he was chopping wood, (we lived in the country on a farm). He had a massive heart attack and passed away, while chopping the wood. Then about
3 years ago, MOM fell in my driveway, and broke her hip, and that trauma to her body, really sent her deeper into Alzheimer's. Then lastly, her brother died of a heart attack, he was 91 and she was 96, and she used to call him her "little brother", it was so cute, when in a moment of wisdom, she recognized him, and referred to him that way. His death was 3 months before hers, as the Alzheimer's hit the last stage, and she went down hill very quickly, forgetting how to eat, and speak, etc. There is a lot of help out there for family's with a loved one that has Alzheimer's. In Canada, where I live, the Canadian Red Cross offers homemaker service, the Alzheimer's Society checks up on the caregiver, and helps any way they can, although, the Alzheimer Society kept wanting my sister and I to put MOM in a nursing home, and said at one point, they could do it whether we agreed or not, if they wanted to. That really bothered me. Also, there is Respite, we had a lovely lady come in a play songs (the old fashioned ones) to Mom, and sing, and show her pictures in a beautiful big book, etc. These services are usually free, too. Hope this helps. Will keep you in my prayers, sincerely, Forget-me-not.