The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication.” What an appropriate time to reflect on this passing year and the dedication that 15 million caregivers in the United States selflessly show to their husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and friends who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
I believe that there is power in the spoken word. In my daily self-pep-talks I repeat: I am strong. I can do this. I made it through today, I can make it through tomorrow. This too shall pass. My God is bigger than this problem!
After you get over the shock of a devastating diagnosis of Alzheimers, all sorts of questions start popping into your head. Among the most common are: What should I do first? and How long do we have? You may or may not have a long time to think about the former, so let’s get right to that answer.