Voices of Alzheimer's Caregivers: Part Three

ALICE: One thing I learned from a support group -- from going -- was about this man [whose] wife wouldn't take showers. Each day he would do a part of the body -- like in the whole week, he would get everything done. That's basically what I'm doing with my husband. I just do the top part one day, and I can talk him in to doing his feet because he's diabetic, and I've always done his feet every day -- washing them. But then I just keep going higher up.

MAUREEN: Whatever works. (Laughing.)

JOE: You know we can laugh at these things that we're discussing, but they're really not funny ... sometimes they're frustrating.

PHYLLIS: But we need to laugh, we need that chance to laugh. We need to. You know, it's a great stress reliever for us. Sometimes our loved ones will do something that's so quirky that you just can't help but laugh. I try to allow that time with our loved one to try to have a little laughter in our lives. It's too important for all of us.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Roundtable Topics

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