Growing up in a close family, Michele DeSocio learned about the power of love at a very young age and still maintains that she is happiest when with her loved ones. In 1999, she became caregiver to her mom Jean DelCampo. Michele found her voice as an advocate volunteering for Memory People, an online support and awareness group for dementia.

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My mother can't always remember who she is, but that doesn't mean the love between them is gone.

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Placing mom in a nursing home—something we never thought we would consider—was not what we feared it to be.

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Alzheimer's has left an empty chair as we continue on Mom's journey.

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I often wonder why Mom is fighting so hard for so long. It recently dawned on me that she may literally have the "fear of God."

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I never know what to expect when I visit Mom. We have good days and bad. It is an emotional roller coaster with many ups and downs. Today was a ride to remember.

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Even when confronted by Alzheimer's, mom manages to maintain her spirit and offer her family a lesson in love.

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New rating system by Medicare.gov includes the use of certain medications in grading Nursing Homes.

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A touching Mother's Day letter from dementia caregiver, Michele DeSocio.

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As dementia advances there will be challenges along the journey. It is your responsibility to contribute to a plan and follow up with the facility to ensure the plan is being carried out. You are your loved one's voice, don't be afraid to use it.

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Medication management has been one of my biggest challenges as a caregiver. The new Nursing Home Compare Ratings are trying to make things better, but a caregiver still has to be an advocate for their loved one's health.

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I have been my mother's caregiver for the past 16 years. Along the way, I and have learned many things about dementia. I have jotted them down here to share with you.

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A poem I wrote in honor of my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Coming to terms with losing a loved one is a gradual process. But when someone is slowly fading away due to something like dementia, the process can feel premature and conflicting. This is called ambiguous or unresolved grief.

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Dealing with Mom's early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis I learned to live in Mom’s world because she cannot live in mine. This is a glimpse into my ongoing journey with Mom and how I have learned to fight back against dementia.

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As my mom struggles, I feel helpless and it breaks my heart. We have been on a journey with dementia for 16 years now and the good times are gifts that I store away for a rainy day.

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After a week of restlessness and discomfort, Mom finally had a day of peace. It’s times like these that get me through the difficult days of dementia and its progression.

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