Living with Alzheimer’s

Sleep Disturbances and the Day After

Living with someone who has Alzheimer’s means, I sometimes don’t get a full night of sleep. My father-in-law, or Otosan as I call him, is usually a good sleeper. Most...

I acknowledge the hallucination and what he is seeing because for him it is real

I could hear a crackling of plastic as my father-in-law approached the table for breakfast on Sunday. He wasn't holding anything, and I couldn't figure out what was making the...

I’m not overreacting? This is real?

Every few days I get to thinking that perhaps I am overreacting. Perhaps my father-in-law's behavior is not so unusual. Perhaps he really doesn't have Alzheimer's. Never mind that he...

This isn’t the kind of motherhood I was expecting

A few months ago a shift occurred in the way I think of my father-in-law. I was ironing a pile of shirts and fretting over everything to do before my...

Two ugly feet and a guilty conscience

I head down the hall towards the kitchen and see two ugly feet. They are my father-in-law's feet. Because of the layout of the living room and where he lounges...

I care about you and you stink…

The first time I had to to tell someone they needed a bath, I was mortified. I had to do it again recently and it was much easier. In high...