Is this true for you? How have your caregiving challenges changed or evolved (perhaps even worsened) over time? What advice or words of encouragement do you have for new caregivers or caregivers who are going through a rough time?
As someone who doesn’t live near my Dad (diagnosed in 2013), I find it really difficult to continuously see his decline. His spirits are generally high, and he gives himself mini-jobs to stay occupied. But I find it really hard to see his gradual loss of independence.
I worry about how to help my wife keep dealing with bills, conversations, and problem solving in a way that does not constantly remind her of the cognitive difficulty problems she faces. It would often be faster to do the task myself, or tell the story myself than helping her complete the task, but at what cost to her self-esteem.
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