Love and Alzheimer’s: It’s Complicated

Love and Alzheimer’s: It’s Complicated

Valentine’s Day is coming up, but I have to admit, Alzheimer’s complicates loving someone who is struggling to cope with the confusion of an ever-changing world.

Dad has always been very affectionate and supportive to me. When I was a child, he was my role model and comforter. When I became an adult, he showed his love by asking about my work or my car. He would even send me Valentine’s Day chocolates every year.

Now he often expresses anger and frustration toward me when I try to help him with the simplest things, like dressing or eating. Although I’m familiar, he doesn’t remember I’m his daughter. Recently, he told me to “go away and play with someone else.”

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