I took early retirement a few years ago to spend more time with my partner who is 20+ years older. Shortly after that, we moved down to the coast to be closer to friends and family. This move proved to be especially daunting as I realized something was happening to J’s ability to cope with the little tasks involved – change the utilities over, for example.
Then, as we settled in to the new community, I noticed that she could not remember the names of the people we met, nor where they lived, no matter how many times we met them. We went for a formal evaluation with a neurologist that winter, and heard the diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), which a year later qualified as early Alzheimer’s disease.
I started to read everything I could find, and especially appreciated The 36-Hour Day (Mace) and Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows (Hoblitzelle). I joined a weekly support group for caregivers, making some dear friends who are going on a similar trek.
Recently I found some blogs on WordPress which have been most helpful – Welcome to Dementialand, My Sweet Peanut, and Alzheimer’s Wife among them. I hope that blogging about my particular caregiving journey will be useful to others, as other’s blogs have been such a light in the window for me.