Posted 8/22/2007 12:05 PM (GMT -6)
Hello. I dont post much, but thought that this would be a good time to start. I am a stay at home mom and have been taking care of my grandfather for the last 8 months. Up until now I just went to his house everyday but he is getting to the point where he needed more help than that. So this past weekend I asked him to come stay with us. He didnt even fight it, so that was a blessing. He never wanted to leave his house and never wanted outside help. So it all comes down to me. My parents live 3000 miles away, so they cant help. But before I ramble on in a different direction, let me get back to my poppop. He is 82, and in pretty good health. But mentally he is going downhill fast. He is confused, wont wear his hearing aids and sleeps most of the time. He wears diapers, but he doesnt even realize when they are wet and need to be changed. So here I am, a first time caregiver for an alzheimer patient. I would love any advice, tips, suggestions, etc. I did contact the alz association and they mailed me some videos for caregivers but I havent had time to watch them yet. Hopefully i can do that tonight.