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When I get emotional, like I sometimes do, I feel so awful when I hear about "the end" of Alzheimer's and how terrible it is. (My mom has it.) I feel like my heart is going to break in two. I dread it so much. I try to not worry about the future and to focus on the present, which is really all we have right now, but sometimes it gets to me so badly. Does anyone have any tips on dealing with this? By the way, this is a great forum! I've found so much help here. Thank you so much!
~Elena

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of course this type of caregiving is scary. you cant count on finding lasting solutions because things will be forever changing. its intimidating, disconcerting, and downright sad. i think carers are very special people who earn and deserve the peace of mind and closure they feel when the elder passes.
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What Jinx said. I think think the end is harder on the care giver than it is on the patient. The Alz road is one of the hardest you'll ever be on... But we're here, and those of us that deal understand totally. I can understand your pain, it's not easy to watch another human being, no matter who it is, slowly decline... Enjoy every single day as it comes, and try not to think beyond it. Alz is a winding, twisting road and constant changes are a given as time goes on. Try and live in the moment as much as you can. Everyone's experience is different. Just because one person has had a hellish ALZ experience, the next person's experience might be much more mild. One day at a time... Stay strong... *hugs*
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I don't think "the end" is especially hard for the patient. They are often at a point where they just sleep all the time. It is a relief to know that they are nearly through suffering, maybe already through.

I'm in denial about how I will feel about the end.
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