• G-J posted a new activity comment 1 day, 16 hours ago

    Hi! Being a caregiver for my spouse at this age sure wasn’t what I expected in life! I was 49 when my 55-year-old husband was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, a possible alzheimer’s precursor, five years ago. Our son just turned 18 and is in his first year of college.

    My husband was immediately put on disability and had to retire a year…[Read more]

    • Thank you for the reply.
      I to have went through all of those things, especially with family. After her stroke and then being diagnosed with dementia my wife was put on disability as well. Friends (the ones we did have) slowly went on with their lives and stopped calling. I do work because even though your world has been turned upside down the…[Read more]

  • ThumbnailEveryone is passionate about something. We all have a cause that inspires us and makes us want to change the world or at least that one aspect of the world. Mine is Alzheimer’s. You might wonder why a woman in her […]

    • G-J great post and what a great advocate you are for Alzheimer’s. You walk the walk, shining all the while. On my way to sign up!

    • Thank you so much for posting this. I have worried about getting Alzheimer’s myself. Both my mother and grandmother had Alzheimer’s. I had recently looked in the Chicago area for studies to participate in. I didn’t fit the criteria of current studies, but it’s good to know this is a way to start the process.

  • I try to be organized by putting things in specific spots so I don’t have to spend time looking for them. When I grocery shop, I use a list I print off the computer, with the items I sometimes by organized by my main store’s layout. I check off what I need to purchase, and on the reverse side I write the menu for the week, including the location…[Read more]

  • I am grateful a friend sent me a text, we met for lunch and he told me to contact him the next time I need help!

  • G-J commented on the post, Feeling Guilty 1 month ago

    Hi, Ray! Welcome to the most supportive place on the internet. Denise and caregiving.com have been a life, and sanity saver for me!

    Somehow as a caregiver there always seems to be something to feel guilty about. Similar to you, I’m probably a helicopter spouse since I’m my husband’s caregiver. I want him to do what he can, but I don’t want him…[Read more]

  • G-J’s profile was updated 1 month ago

  • I am grateful that no spiders bit me while I was weeding today! :)

  • Today I am thankful for my son’s thoughtfulness. He got his first paycheck today and stopped at a favorite local cupcake place on the way home to surprise us all with a treat! :)

  • I’m posting this the 26th but it’s for the 25th. I’m thankful that I had the energy to do way too many things yesterday, even if it meant I was exhausted by the evening.

  • I am grateful that my son and I got to have lunch from one of our favorite local restaurants today.

  • I am grateful for my wonderful husband and son who love me even when I am not at my most lovable!

  • I am grateful for cooler weather!

  • ThumbnailI have been absent from blogging for a few months. A friend of my let me know the other day that he missed reading my blog. He’ll be happy. :)

    Our doorbell has been acting up for some time. By acting up I mean […]

    • Oh, gosh, I would cry, too. You’re crying for so much and it’s odd that the little thing (the doorbell) could get it started.

      But it’s always the little thing that causes us to feel so big.

      I think it’s good to remind ourselves that right now, in this instance, we have what we need. You have Steve, who can help and support you. He’s at your…[Read more]

    • G-J. Thank you for sharing this day. It could be one of my days, exactly……………….so that is why it gave me such a chuckle. Have coffee, will travel.

    • G-J, thank you for sharing. I agree that sometimes it is the little things, but really when a lot of little things pile up together with our emotions, it creates a terrible scene! You found out what was behind some of those emotions and dealt with it, good for you! I agree, a handyman will be there when hubby can’t but for now, Steve was needed…[Read more]

    • I can easily picture myself in your shoes, G-J. I am easily frustrated by most minor type of home repair on the best of days, and I can imagine how hard it would be for me – mentally and emotionally – to have to learn the tasks that my husband does in our life.

    • G-J,you have the great ability to take your reader along with you for the ride. In this case rides! While my caregiving days were for my mother and now for my aunt, I can certainly feel how frustrating it must be to take over household repairs. We split things up pretty well in this house – but I got a little wake up call in the last 24 hours.…[Read more]

  • G-J commented on the post, Questions 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    You’ve got GREAT questions! Write them all down and take them with you to the appointment. Ask about anything you don’t understand.

    I don’t know what every neurologist does, but I can tell you about my husband’s neurologist. Yes, they test Steve at every appointment. They usually ask if I want to speak to the neurologist alone. (If you want to,…[Read more]

  • Jane, thank you for all of your kind comments! :)

  • I went on an Earthwatch expedition to New Zealand without knowing anyone else on the trip!

  • Happy Birthday, CareGiving.com! How does it feel to be the proud parent of an 18-year-old, Denise? :)

  • Welcome! This is an incredibly supportive community of people. I hope you find it as helpful as I have. I feel like I’ve been around so long (here since June 2010) that Denise may kick me out soon!

    The really, […]

  • Pegi,

    I understand what you are feeling. My mom has been gone over six years. There are times I miss her so much that tears spring to my eyes. I would love her support as I deal with my husband’s health. I […]

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