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Memory Care for Alzheimer’s is Kind of Soviet

Alzheimer’s patients like my mom are segregated into special memory care wards of nursing homes. Is it really a good idea to keep people with this problem together?

My Mom the Fussy French Eater (It’s Killing Her)

One of the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease is when the victim refuses to eat. My mother was always a fussy eater. She’s French. If the food didn’t taste great, she just wouldn’t eat anything at all. Now she’s losing a few pounds every month. The nursing home is doing everything they can but obviously this can’t go on forever.

Before I Knew My Mom Had Alzheimer’s, Her Weirdness Drove Me Crazy

My continuing series about my mothers struggle with Alzheimer’s turns the tables on me, the cartoonist, her son. Looking back now, I can see that many of the things that she did that drove me crazy were really early warning signs of the disease. Now that I know what’s going on, I am able to be patient. Why wasn’t I before?

My Mother Was Absolutely Certain She Would Not Succumb to Alzheimer’s

No one would have been more surprised to plunge into Alzheimer’s than my mother. She was vigorous, a big planner and absolutely determined not to succumb to senility, as had her own mother.

Alzheimer’s Patients Struggle with Societal Contempt

Alzheimer’s patients are afflicted by plaque on their brains that causes them to lose their short-term memory and makes them confused. It doesn’t help that medical professionals look down on them.

My Mother Is Dead But Her Body Is Still Alive

In my continuing series of cartoons about my mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and my work with her as her only caregiver, I discussed the fact that my efforts to keep her rooted to reality drew me closer to her than ever in the final years before she ended up in the memory care unit of an assisted care facility.