Friday, April 1, 2016

A for Alzheimer's Disease (A to Z Challenge)

Alzheimer's is a dreadful disease. Isn't just memory loss (once in a while we all have those 'senior's moments' or 'brain farts'), the disease affects all of our body.
Most Canadians are unaware that Alzheimer’s disease is just one form of dementia. Dementia
is the term to describe a group of brain disorders that are progressive, degenerative and eventually, fatal, impacting 747,000 Canadians today. In less than 20 years, 1.4 million Canadians will be affected. The risk of dementia doubles every five years after age 65, but people in their 40s and 50s can also develop the disease.
My mother-in-law was diagnosed over five years ago with Alzheimer's and she came to live with us over two years ago. This month I'm dedicating to her and to her struggle with disease.

So long my friends,


  1. Hello Evalina,
    That's a difficult place to be in, caring for a loved one who's health is declining. I think many readers our age will relate to your struggles. Your stitching is lovely, by the way. A friend of mine who spent the last few years caring for her mother, who also suffered from dementia, found comfort in having her crafts to work on while spending time with Mom. Do you find that to be true?
    @RhondaGilmour from
    Late Blooming Rose

  2. good luck with the challenge, Evalina :) cheers <3

  3. Thought provoking post and a touchy subject. I am so grateful that my mother did not suffer from dementia or alzheimer's before she passed. The caregiving role is stressful enough without that added burden.
    Good luck with the challenge!

  4. My heart goes out to you and your family. My mother-in-law developed Alzheimer's disease. Some family members could not accept what was happening. Audrey had to live in a secure facility with locks on everything. Look after your own health more than ever and make plans in case it happens to you one day.

  5. What an important although difficult subject to choose Evangelina but I am very glad you did and I will be looking forward to reading your posts as I am sure there will be much to learn. Wishing you all the best for the Challenge :)
    A Stormy’s Sidekick
    Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  6. This is an issue important to me as well Evalina as I took care of my father through his journey with Alzheimer's. What a great opportunity you've taken to do some educating about this topic, and what a lovely way to honor you MIL. Sending good thoughts to all concerned.

  7. Thanks for this post Evalina.

  8. A very important topic to talk about - it affects so many people, either through the illness itself, or through the families that support them and care for them...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  9. You've already taught me something! I never knew it effected you physically, I always thought it was only cognitive.

    Revisit the Tender Years with me during the #AtoZChallenge at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

  10. Good luck it runs in our family unfortunately

  11. Important post Evalina. So many of us are dealing with or have had to deal with a love one struggling with some form of dementia. It's tough.

  12. My dad had Alzheimer's and my mom has Dementia. Not easy. Hugs!

  13. This is going to be an interesting and maybe hard to read A-Z this year. Especially when the subject is obviously close to your heart.


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