September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
If you know someone with Alzheimer’s–and especially if you are a caregiver–I highly recommend the book written by a sister, Nancy Nicholson. Nancy has both personal experience (as a caregiver for our father) and professional experience (as a social worker in a nursing home environment). She wrote Help! What Do I Do Now? Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s to give simple, basic help and advice to caregivers. It’s a great gift for new caregivers.
As one of several caregivers for my father and as the sole caregiver for my husband Jack, I have personal experience with the disease. I have shared my experiences in a number of previous posts, including the following:
- National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month
- World Alzheimer’s Day
- National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Caregiver Month 2013
- World Alzheimer’s Day 2013
- World Alzheimer’s Day: What Is Alzheimer’s?
- National Alzheimer’s Month and National Caregivers Month
You can find other articles by typing “Alzheimer’s” in the search box at the top of the page.
I hope you have never had personal experience with Alzheimer’s, but I also hope that if you don’t know much about the disease, you will educate yourself. The brief video below explains the magnitude of the problem.