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IloveMom

5 days ago

     My brother has early ALZ or other brain disorder. I take him once in awhile to get his hair shaved. Last week he walked himself to the barber. He has aphasia, can't speak well, or at all, so James cut his hair. My brother paid him with cookies he had in his jacket. I noticed the other day he was clean cut. I asked James if brother paid, he said with cookies. The wife went down and paid him. :)
    
 

Stretch

Jul 9, 2014

     I moved back to NY to take care of mom seven years ago..Mom is 93 now I say hamburger she thinks I said hotdog lol.
    
 

Sherridene

Jul 1, 2014

     My father used to take all the toilet paper from hotel rooms we stayed at. He said he didn't want to be caught without it. I think he was worried he might have to resort back to using newspapers and catalog paper from his childhood. When he passed, we found several rolls of paper in his truck, golf bag, fishing box and motorcycle bag.
    
 

IloveMom

Jun 30, 2014

     Before I sto at Mom's place or when I leave, I ask if the house needs anything. The one caretaker said -TOILET PAPER. What? Doesn't management supply that? I said I bring it by in the morning...No can you get some now? WE ARE OUT . I didn't even ask how long they have been using the Sears catalog or news paper. THEY GOT TP!! Maybe your Mom is on the right ROLL
    
 

chuff111

Jun 28, 2014

     My dear mom has some deal with hoarding toilet paper and kleenex. She frequently says she's about out of one or the other although she has access to several rolls of TP and boxes of tissue in her bathroom and bedroom within sight. She takes the toilet paper out of another bathroom's cabinet and moves it to her bathroom. Reminds me of a squirrel, hiding/storing nuts for the winter:)
    
 

IloveMom

Jun 28, 2014

     Tried to show mom a picture of my kid. I handed her my cell, and she tried to take a bite out of it! I guess I need to bring more snacks.
    
 

LizWagner

Jun 24, 2014

     We got my father-in-law an electric lift chair with a controller. From the kitchen, I heard,"what the? Hey, what the heck? Hey!" I came in and found the chair in standing position, and him in a pile on the floor. I said, "Pop, what happened?" He said, pointing the chair controller at the TV, "I don't know, I was just trying to change the channel!"
    
 

VTShan

Jun 23, 2014

     My husband and I tried to make "date night" happen for us. When my MIL asked where we were going, I said "to a Mexican restaurant." Then I walked toward her room to tell her we were leaving and noticed her in the bathroom putting on lipstick. She said "That sounds good...I'll be ready in a minute."
    
 

Danashel

Jun 13, 2014

     My mom 's childhood friend died, and as per the request in the obituary, we made a donation to the non-profit nursing home she had been living in. I said to my mom "I wonder what they will spend the money on?" she says "they will probably put it in a fund." I thought well duh, yeah they will! My mom had a better answer than I did!
    
 

STBSTB

Jun 12, 2014

     I am trying to save my own life by putting my mother in nursing care for Alzheimer's - since I recently got over cancer myself. I feel there is too much dogma about trying to be the martyr for the parent yet I need to save my own life as there is no cure for Alzheimer's in any case ---- I still have a chance at life.
    






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