It is incredibly difficult to watch someone age, especially when they begin to have health issues. I think one of the worst issues to have to deal with is when someone has dementia. I can say this with complete certainty, because my mom had dementia.
Dementia is such a gradual disease, which, I suppose, is a good thing. As hard as it was to watch my mom slowly fade away, I think it would be much more difficult if she had lost her mental abilities abruptly, without warning. My mom is gone now, but my experience with her dementia has helped me to understand how dementia can impact someone’s life and the lives of their family, friends and others who support them. (more…)