I want to share something with you that was written by Neil Goldstein, who is my uncle.
A couple of years ago, my Aunt Barbara (to whom he has been married for 48 years) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She needs round the clock care and the lion’s share of that care is provided by Uncle Neil. Although he does have two home health care workers to assist, he can never be away for too long. In the times when he has visited my Dad (including his 75th birthday) and even during the time he waited with my Mom, brother and sister at Mount Sinai Hospital while Dad underwent emergency triple bypass, Aunt Barbara can be counted on to phone him to ask him when he is coming home.
I wonder if Nancy Reagan experienced any of this during The Gipper’s last decade.
Anyhow, in the midst of all this, Uncle Neil took a creative writing class to maintain some semblance of sanity. It was in this class where he first began documenting her condition. This has resulted in an essay which was published earlier this month in an online journal called Narratively which you can read here. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s perhaps you will feel a little less alone.