When we learned the devastating news that my grandmother had Alzheimer’s, our family was really not sure what we would do. We did not want to put her into a nursing home, but we did not want to run the risk of her hurting herself, either. We eventually found an Alzheimer’s support group and it really helped us through an extremely difficult time.
It all begin when our grandmother began to forget things — simple things, like where she kept certain household items or things that she said to people. She actually made quite a few hurtful comments to people, and when later confronted about them, claimed that she had not said “anything of the sort” or just simply couldn’t remember.
We did not know that it was the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease until we took her in for a formal diagnosis and found that it was in fact this disease that she had. We asked the doctor if there was anything that we could do, and he said there were all kinds of medications on the market for Alzheimer’s and that keeping her mind active was also important.
As time went by, however, it became evident that she was getting worse. She started to forget people’s names and eventually who people were. It was about that time that my sister and I were researching Alzheimer’s online and found an Alzheimer’s support group, which in this case was essentially a chat group that would get together once a week and discuss their own personal situations.
We decided that we would go ahead and join the group just to see if maybe we could get some insight into this horrible disease. Almost immediately, we felt as if it was a sort of virtual therapy the Alzheimer’s support group was providing, as almost every scenario we had encountered had been encountered by somebody else.
Members of the group offered advice on how to handle certain situations and what to expect on a day-to-day basis. Being a part of the Alzheimer’s support group helped my entire family cope and make my grandmother as comfortable as possible until the end of her life. I honestly don’t know if we could have gotten through the situation without them and their comforting words and thoughts.
It is my hope that nobody has to go through what our family did when we learned that my grandmother had developed Alzheimer’s disease. If a person does learn, however, that they have a relative with the illness, an Alzheimer’s support group is really the way to go. It can help in so many ways, and help bring peace of mind to a family in grief.
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