MOM HAS DEMENTIA, About My Mom!
Early Onset Dementia
I've created this page to help others understand what it is like when a family member or friend is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, a form of dementia. The idea here is to help others going through it whether you are the person who was diagnosed, a family member or a caregiver. On this page I would like to tell you about my mom. She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in 2010, less than 4 years ago. She is already in an advanced stage. I will create other pages for each stage. Hopefully I can somehow help someone else in their journey through this disease.
My mom was born on May 10, 1951, and raised in Tucson, Az. Family is very important to her.
Both of her parents are deceased. My mom grew up with four brothers and one sister. She loves all four of her brothers. Her sister, my moms best friend, passed away on December 17, 2004 at age 56. This was probably the worst time in my moms life because her and her sister were extremely close and didn't go a day without talking, shopping, or having lunch. She cried for years. She has many nieces and nephews whom she loves.
My mom married my dad at a young age and had three children, me the middle child, my older sister and my younger brother, all of us about two to three years apart. I am hoping at some point to dedicate a page on how beautiful my parents relationship is.
My dad has been an amazing husband and father, and my mom has lived a wonderful life with him.
As of today she has four grandsons. They have always been a big part of my moms life, and they all love her just as much as she loves them.
She has always cherished the time that she spends with family. These days it is hard for her to hang on to the memories, but she still loves everyone with all of her heart.
Younger Photos of Mom - She is always giggling about somethingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Who she is
It's hard to describe my mom in just a few sentences because there are so many wonderful things to say about her.
My mom, for a lack of better words, is a "good catholic girl". She has always prayed to herself and would write letters to her church the San Javier Mission when she had struggles. She has always been kind to everyone, and is rarely judgmental, and she wouldn't hurt even the feelings of a fly. She would be considered by many a goodie two shoes.
She has been a stay at home mom all of my life. She had a lot of talents and gifts with that came a lot of hobbies and interests.
Hobbies and Interests
What she enjoys
My mom loved to bake and cook. She collected dolls, mostly porcelain. She always liked having a doll room in her house. My mom gardened, and had a green thumb for sure. She sewed as a hobby, and was wonderful at it.
Most of these things I talk about in past tense because she is no longer able to do them, but she still has a lot of interests and activities that she still does.
She loves movies and music. She has an endless collection of dvd's and songs. She was always making CD's and downloading and buying movies. Her favorite movies are the heart jerkers, some would call them chick flicks. She loves all types of music and when we lived at home she always had her stereo turned up with some cheeky song.
She loves dancing, laughing, board games, people magazine, soap opera's, and gambling, especially kino. She loves holding and playing with babies and children. She loves people in general and will strike up a conversation with just about anyone. She has always loved having dogs, most of which were and are Shih Tzu's, and would talk to them throughout the day.
The difficult journey
My mom having dementia is very heart breaking. She has always loved learning new things. Unfortunately, having dementia, she can't learn new things, but she is still very active, and I hope that she can continue to enjoy certain activities.
The disease is very complicated to explain. Each is his own going through it, so it's hard for anyone to tell you exactly what to expect, but I'm sure by reading other stories, you will find many similarities that can offer some guidance along the way.
My mom has always had an innocents about her, and it shows more as we progress into the advance stages. These days she has a bit of a child like demeanor. She laughs very easily, and still loves with all her heart.
Check out my other pages to read each stage of our journey.