Hi, I am a caregiver for my mother who has Alzhimers Disease. This is my 5th year caring for her. I left my life and work in NYC, as a LMT, to make sure she had an opportunity to stay independent, outside the care of institutions and in the care of her family. As a alternative health care provider for over 22years, it seemed natural to enter into that responsibility without any pause.
Alzhimers is a very slow debilatating disease process. There are many twists and turns effecting the Body/Mind in a way that causes much confusion for the person. I mostly just want my mother not to suffer. At this point of the illness I have become a good friend and sometimes her mom.
We do alot in a day to keep the mind and body active. According to Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist, keeping everything moving is the best, although the disease process will continue to evolve in it's own way. She receives weekly massage and bodywork therapy sessions, and we listen daily to meditation, sound healing and alpha vibrations. It seems to help.
Caregivng has it's up's and down's because the caregiver, usually is so busy with the caretaking, that they forget about themselves. For myself, I try and do things with my mother that include nature. parks, the beach, social settings like breakfast out. Visiting friends and playing with the basketball. Mom loves to go on a drive journey in the car each day. It's good for both of us.
We have a little guinea pig, named Molly who sits on mom's lap and eats lettuce. Molly is a blessing because my mother was a caregiver too for own growing family, her community, friends and church throughout her lifetime. Molly fills that gap, in offering herself, so that my mother has a friend to hold and massage and to care for and love.
I am grateful we have this time together. Mom is a great soul and has a great heart, and was my first spiritual teacher. And today, can still give the wisdom of a mother, when needed.
I try to keep positve. I am also grateful to the Humanity Healing Foundation and the healing Communtiy for this great place for sharing , as sometimes it is quite isolating being this close to a illness with lots to time to spend in a day.
Thank you Everyone!