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Lessons from Five Years of Living with Grandma and her Alzheimer’s Disease

Grandma and I looking through old photos of her kids, husband, dog, and grandkids. She remembers us all better when she’s looking at old photos of us. As Alzheimer’s continues to eat away at her memories leaving her with just a few old memories left.

When you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you start to know them as two separate people. Who they were before the disease and who they were after it. It helps to do this to be able to process it all and to try to not get so emotional over the years as Alzheimer’s robs their personality, abilities, and memories from them.