This blog is dedicated to patients and family members who encounter Alzheimer’s Disease which is the most common dementia but just as vicious, tedious and tormenting as the other dementia.It is never easy. I have seen many family members with dementia cry before me (that is why there’s always a tissue box on top of my office table), squabble in front of me, call me up in the middle of the night crying. There have been instances too where I come up diagnosing a patient with dementia and the family member caregiver (often unpaid) with depression. Yeah, it’s that depressing. Even I, despite my often misunderstood steely demeanor, sometimes cry, even weep with them. It brings out the worst in you. It brings out the best in you. And yes, I get to laugh with them too.To many, the prospect of Alzheimer’s Disease is scary. It is. But it does not have to be. The key is recognizing the disease early.
And while there is no eraser for aging and dementia, there are drugs to retard its progression.And a daily dose of humor doesn’t hurt!
This blog is also for those of us who are confronted with aging issues – aging parents, aging co-worker, aging spouse, aging body, aging world.
All these will unfold as the blog evolves.
And I hope we will all be in this together (perpetuating the blog Sweetie, not the Alzheimer’s Disease and aging, LOL)