The Emotional Pain from Loving Someone with Alzheimer’s | The Exhausted Woman

Watching the deterioration of a mind infected with Alzheimer’s is emotionally draining, physically exhausting and mentally challenging. The disease steals parts of the brain in random patterns turning a functioning person into an adult like toddler. What they can do one day, they can’t another, then they can again briefly, only to lose the ability once more. The hard part is that the closer a person is to the Alzheimer’s patient, the worst they see. Many times, a person with Alzheimer’s can “pull it together” to impress others and seem relatively normal. But the caretaker, the person who is there everyday caring for all the needs of the patient, bears the brunt of the attacks, confusion, and deterioration. Because the needs of the Alzheimer’s patient is so great, it is easy for the caretaker to dismiss their own emotional well being. For each transition into another progressive stage of the disease, the caretaker needs to take some time to process the dramatic shifts. Here are some

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