I am married to an very lovely person which I love dearly. We have been married for 54 years with a lot of ventures and 2 wonderful sons. Four years ago my lovely wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer dementia mid stage. This disease runs in the family(mother, aunt and 3 sisters). I had hoped that my wife would be the exception.
We moved just recently to be near our oldest son and family as I knew the time would come shortly I would need his help. physically and mentally. This has been difficult move for my wife with new surroundings but she understands the need to be near our son and family.
My wife also has NPH. Three months ago a shunt was installed to help remove some of the fluid accumulating in the brain ventricles. This pressure adds to the Alzheimer dementia affect, short term memory and balance. There has been some improvement with short term memory and balance since the surgery.
I have to do the laundry, shopping, cooking, medicine monitoring and calendar entries, functions which she handled so well before the onset of this disease.
I had convinced my self I could handle this without much help, but the last week has brought strong doubts how far I can go it alone. I feel that I need a local support group to help me through this.