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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/13/2013 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody. I have just joined. I've been a member to and really enjoyed it there, but, today I was surfing the net and came across this forum. I am a full time caregiver to my 72 year old mother in my home who was diagnosed in 2009. She is later stage 6, early seven. I just wanted to say hi, before I start learning how to navigate this forum.

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   Posted 8/13/2013 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shelley and welcome to the forum. My Mother has dementia, and lives in a memory care facility. It's awesome that you are taking care of your Mom full time. Unfortunately, since I'm the breadwinner in the family, I havent had that opportunity but she is in good hands and closer to my other siblings (we moved her after my Dad passed.) My sisters and brother visit her everyday, so they have quite a presence the the home. Again, welcome!

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   Posted 8/14/2013 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Shellasim ... and welcome:
   I too have a Mother in a Home for Dementia, and it's been an experience. Early last year, the local Senior Center had a weekly get together for caregivers (mostly of parents) that was my first exposure to some degree of caregiving. It had a facilitator that was barely 25 years old and a graduate of the local State University ... but she had an amazing degree of perception. 
   Unfortunately, the program stopped for some unknown reason. During that timeframe, my Mother was at home with a 24/7 live-in care-giver who was good, and I learned a little from her. Then last September, Mom's doctor said he wanted her to be in a facility that had a registered nurse - so a new chapter began.
   My Mother is 95 years old, is incontinent and is mostly confined to a wheelchair. But .... until she was 93, she was happily and independantly living alone, driving and I called her daily just to checck in. It has been an experience - only wish I had some family who could have helped - but Mom has adjusted to the Home for Dementia pretty well, and with every visit, I have developed a greater appreceation for the care she has been getting.
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