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  •  Yes, it is common for them. (12+ / 0-)

    My mother n law would pack her things everyday in the beginning of her stay at the home. She did this for a few months then moved on to a different phase in the disease.

    Alzheimer's is like seeing them die one day at a time. It is really sad to witness them losing who they were and knowing they will never return.

    •  One day I was visiting + I heard her preparing to (8+ / 0-)

      leave her house early in the morning. I got up, dressed hurriedly, and asked her where she was going. She replied she was going home. I asked her where she thought she was. She said she didn't know where she was but she was going to drive home. We knew she was slipping but this came as a shock. That day marked the end of her independence.

      "These old Wall Street boys are putting up an awful fight to keep the government from putting a cop on their corner." - Will Rogers

      by Lefty Coaster on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 10:03:57 PM PDT

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      •  for this to happen (5+ / 0-)

        to the people who gave birth to us.
        who took care of us .
        who nurtured us. and made us safe. and taught us to love. and to live.
        makes one want to scream.

        "Oh no...you changed your hair color? It's just so dark. You like it? And with your skin tone?" My Beloved Mom, December 25 2007, once again on notice.

        by Christin on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 10:25:00 PM PDT

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        •  It is very challenging. (1+ / 0-)
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          When they begin to show signs of confusion and the inability to focus it is alarming. One time my mnlw was visiting us after her husband had passed and she had run out of her thyroid medicine which is dangerous. I asked her to phone her Dr to get a refill sent to the pharmacy here. She could not do it as she did not know what to do. I finally asked to see the bottle of the pills and then phoned it in myself. She also could not figure out how to use our microwave oven even though I showed her a few times and even wrote the instructions down. That is when I started to believe she had more than what the family was seeing. Not too long after that I found the article that I mentioned earlier. One of the symptoms in the early stages is the inability to learn anything new.

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