Daughter Documents Her Mother's Journey Through Dementia By Recording All Of Her Struggles And Progress
October 8, 2018 18:25 By Fabiosa
As the age progress so does the rate of illnesses. The sufferer doesn't go through it alone though. The pain can resonate through the whole family. Affecting their actions and mental state. Such is the case of dementia disease which leaves all house members confused and troubled.
Facts about dementia
It is a progressive and irreversible illness. Most common in older people over 65 years of age. Dementia is marked by cognitive decline. Common signs and symptoms:
- memory loss and confusion;
- clouded judgment and inability to reason;
- decreased capability to make words and understand speech;
- lack of focus and concentration;
- inability to see the difference between colors and recognize movement;
- mood swings.
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Such a hallucinogenic disorder can be catastrophic for a family, taking care of the patient. The compassion itself is challenged!
Daughter chronicles her mother's journey through dementia
Becky Gacono living in Pennsylvania documents her mother's struggles and challenges through her horrible disease. The mental toll it has taken on Becky is unspeakable. She questions life, aging process and death all the time. Her loving mother is no longer herself.
Becky feels miserable watching her mother holding back the tears from her own confusion. She can't remember her husband, Carl and doesn't ask about him anymore.
The daughter let out her frustration at LoveWhatMatters, stating:
I thought moving mum and daddy to a care home would give us a moment to breathe. If I say that I was suffocating, that would not be far from an exaggeration.
Sounds selfish, but it is what it is. She shared her mother's routine to channel her dreadful experiences. How her mother's disease is slowly swallowing her as well. Drying out her love and life altogether. But posting daily milestones is giving her the strength she needs, to be there for her parents.
Becky paid such an inspiring tribute to her mother and family!
This devastating disease is spreading exponentially. No medication exists to slow the progression until now. According to InsideDementia, in America, Medicare and out-of-pocket expenditures for dementia care totaled $150 billion in 2012. By 2050, the projected cost will reach $1.1 trillion.
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There were 35.6 million people with dementia worldwide in 2010 that are expected to double by 2030 to 65.7 million. So many children handling their parents who may act just like 18 months old babies due to this morbid condition. This is alarming and disappointing.
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The strongest antidote against it is exercise and a big caring heart. Please share this to advocate health and strength to such families!