[box] Blog Post/Series Description: Dolores is my maternal grandmother living with Alzheimer’s Disease. A woman who helped shape me to be the man I am today. These posts highlight anecdotal stories about her life, her family and the legacy she will leave.[/box]
Dolores is my 86 (soon to be 87 year old grandmother). She is otherwise known as ‘Nuni.’ She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and dementia several years ago. Like many families, my mother is currently in the process of moving Nuni from an independent living complex to her own home. We visited many nursing homes, but the cost only increased with the more desirable facilities.
The discussion I would like to start here is caregiver’s burden. Dolores has children and grandchildren that love her dearly. Personalities aside, we are working together to make sure Dolores coasts into the remainder of her life with some sense of pride and dignity.
So, if this story sounds familiar to your current family make-up, please share ways you are trying to keep your aging family member mentally and emotionally motivated to live a productive life.
During Christmas 2013, a holiday that I celebrate each December, I had a calendar made of all the family through Target.com. It literally took 20 minutes and looks so professional. Every time she opens it is like the first. I just adore that lady. She makes my heart melt.
Here is a great resource to collect information on dealing with similar family dynamics (based out of my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA – as I know reside in Fort Lauderdale, FL).
Other “Dolores” Anecdotes: