After what seemed like a dozen minor careers as a set designer, costume designer, feature writer, music-book-video reviewer/writer for New Age publications and websites...now nearing retirement age, I have been thrust into the difficult role of sole caregiver for my senile mother, now age 87. She has Alzheimers, about stage 5.5.
This has been for over five years, and giving up all my previous life and jobs except for internet connection. Thrilled to find this exciting website and get my mind stimulated again.
Learning how to create video programs. Just started on YouTube, with digital footage taken with my digital camera. Just got a Mac...can take classes at the local public access TV station...
After decades of being a synergestic personality, I was thrown in with my mother...and NOTHING I did made a difference for her, for two years. Actually, I knew instinctively what was needed, but my sisters wouldn't take the Mother Improvement Project seriously. All my matches extinguished against a wet wick. Eventually my niece came on board, and I could start seeing results. You have to have at least TWO people take this problem seriously.
I don't know exactly what idea is worth spreading, this is so all consuming. A lot of us are headed toward Alzheimersville, though. A lot of bright people are brought down. I'm just fighting the good fight here, scraping for every bit of meaning and consciousness...and memory on behalf of another. There must be a good idea in there somewhere.
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