Alzheimer's. I am thankful that nobody in my blood line has ever gotten it
But the woman that helped my mother has it. She is at mid stage of it and I have a good relation with his daughter in law and son. I am a good listener, but for people who have been there, how useful are online support groups? I am willing to do the research for them in Mexico, and I am 3000 miles, frustrating, so cannot even offer a tad more help than a virtual ear.
No, she is not my mom, but she played a critical role in my life...and even came to my wedding.
1. I have not used the on line groups, but your words
that I am deliberately taking out of context will be repeated thousands of times....3000 miles and frustrating. I'm on family member number 4 with this horrid disease.
The number one thing I have learned is to listen and agree.
And know that they will have some pretty good days and some that are total shit.
Complete personality changes also come with the territory.
Best of luck to you and your friend.
He is doing very well on Aricept. I know it won't last forever, but he is happy & keeps busy. Right now I think our relationship is the best it's ever been. He has totally forgotten to criticize everything I do!