Glen loved singing and recording Christmas songs, but always wanted to record “Chanukah” by Marty Goetz. Sadly, Alzheimer’s robbed him of the opportunity to ever properly record it. Here, for the first time, is a home video of the only performance of Glen singing this song.
Deep inside each one of us is the memory of how the holidays used to be and the desire to celebrate – but when you’re a caregiver, celebrating may feel counter-intuitive. Here are some CareLiving tips to enjoying the holidays with your loved ones.
As I celebrate this Thanksgiving with my husband, I will look into his eyes, hold his hand, kiss him, share a meal and be truly be grateful for the life we’ve shared and the children and grandchildren God has given us.
We shouldn’t assume that because someone has lost their ability to remember, think, reason and speak, that they are incapable of connecting to a spiritual reality above and beyond what we ourselves can see. – Tony Janicki
It took me a long time to let go of the illusion that I was in control. God was gracious and patient with me, waiting until I came to the end of my own resources. My faith was bigger than my mother’s illness. – Ann Campanella
The work was endless during the years that my mother had Alzheimer’s, but it was something I could not NOT do. I loved my mother, and her comfort was as important as my own. Part three of Lessons From My Mother
There’s no getting around it. Caring for another person is hard work. It wasn’t easy but it was what she needed. And it was what I needed to do for her. – Guest contributor Ann Campanella shares part two of Lessons From My Mother
If you ask most people if they’d want to relive the years when their loved one had Alzheimer’s, you’d most likely get a resounding, “No!” That’s my first response too. But, if I give myself time to let the question penetrate deeper into my heart, my answer is different.
Working as Glen Campbell’s neurologist has been a great privilege. I have always encouraged my patients with Alzheimer’s disease to avoid social withdrawal and remain engaged with family, friends, current events and various stimulating activities.
As long as I can remember, from the age of 8 or 9, I have been a caregiver. My childhood was spent helping my Mom in her role as a primary caregiver. As a child it was all I really knew – it was my way of life. The story starts with my sister. My only sibling, Brittany,…