The Alzheimer’s Circus

Published May 9, 2018 by zuzusays

Your writing is so honest and real. I don’t know how to thank you for sharing such intimate thoughts with us, but I believe it will be really meaningful to so many people for many years to come. I wish I lived close to you so we could spend time together talking. You are teaching us to walk with you on this journey and walk with those we love as we care for them. Thank you.

Suddenly Mad

Suddenly Mad- The Alzheimer_s Circus

Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease that changes the brain. Along the way, many who have it go, what is known in the common vernacular, as completely crazy. This is the main reason the disease is severely stigmatized. It’s why some who have Alzheimer’s end up in psychiatric hospitals, and are prematurely placed in memory care.  It’s why many of these folks get medicated (medical restraint). I’ve read on the spouse forum on www.alzconnected.org about the spouses that become psychotic and wanderers, become violent and even criminally insane, and are institutionalized. I myself have been to the edge and back, my poor family members have witnessed behaviors in me in this disease, I shudder to think about when I remember. The difference between the crazy of Alzheimer’s and the crazy of say, schizophrenia or psychosis is that they are not fatal illnesses (although they can and often do shorten a person’s…

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