‘Where Are My Car Keys? A Mother’s Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease’ is available on Amazon and e-books on Amazon Kindle.Buy Now
This was a project of love and self healing.
Alzheimer’s disease is described as the progressive deterioration of the mind, personality and body, caused by the degeneration of the brain. The disease can begin in late middle age and continue into old age, but what starts the brain’s deterioration is yet unknown. Learning about another family’s journey can sometimes help in understanding and preparing, if your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Everyone is affected by Alzheimer’s disease differently, but an emotional rollercoaster is an almost universal journey for caregivers and family members. This book describes our family’s voyage, as our mother, Gloria James, ‘Mammy’, battled Alzheimer’s disease over a period of twelve years. It is a collection of stories beginning in 2006 when my siblings and I first acknowledged that our mother’s mental and physical states were changing, until her eventual death in January 2018.
One of our concerns was that many elderly parents of our peers in Diamond Vale had also developed Alzheimer’s disease, or some other form of dementia. We joked about this, saying there must have been something in the water. We saw a pattern that could not be coincidental, and yet, as far as we knew, nobody was researching this trend.
The cause of this debilitating condition is unknown. Would I develop the disease if my grandmother, mother, uncle and aunt had this condition? Was it truly hereditary? Was it an affliction which plagued people who lived through World War II rations in Trinidad? Was it related to their diet? With so many questions, and no answers, it’s difficult not to worry. We don’t want to become a statistic.