Accepting the Diagnosis of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Oct. 7, 2020

Mom’s doctor prescribed a medicine that would help slow the process and allow her to make mental connections, but the truth that there was no cure for Alzheimer’s carried the most weight in my heart. It was not a cold she could get over; there was no invading lump or tumor that could be removed. It was and would be a new way of life for her and for her family. His advice was that we get her business together as soon as possible – while she could still remember things. He also advised that I find a support group for myself, indicating that I would need it.” (Excerpt from Learning to Love Olivia: A Daughter’s Journal of Her Mother’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s)

How did accepting the diagnosis of your loved one impact your life? Was it a sense of hopeless resignation; was it empowering acceptance, or was it something else?

Published by Ardella

My mother’s experience through Alzheimer’s was nearly a 5-year journey. During that time, I learned how to be a caregiver along with other family members and friends. During that time I kept a journal which I later turned into the book, Learning to Love Olivia: A Daughter’s Journal of Her Mother’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s. This blog will draw on some of that content along with my experiences with other caregivers and will hopefully offer support and encouragement to those who find themselves walking in the same shoes.

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