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When she asks "What am I going to do with the rest of my life"?

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No one knows the progression and what new treatments that may be around the corner, so, I would try to stay positive. However, I would make sure that she sees a professional about her estate, so she can appoint Durable Power of Attorney, Healthcare POA, etc. It's important to make your wishes known while still thinking clearly and just in case.
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Trish, I realize that every case is a bit different. Having Alzheimer's shouldn't stop her from enjoying things she has interest in, or being around friends. There will be limitations no different from anyone who has any type of medical issue.

My boss' wife had Alzheimer's for 15 years and she worked in the family business for a couple years after being diagnosed before she knew she had to retire. She was struggling with math, and that was before there was software to help with businesses. Then she spent time doing things she liked, and her grown children rallied around her taking her places. She and her husband still went on trips.
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Encourage her to say more about what she is thinking, and respond by talking about her ideas. It doesn't matter if the discussions are hypothetical, they're still the topics that interest her.

I am so sorry, though, to think what this must be doing to you, her mother. I can imagine no more heart-breaking position to be in. Is anyone helping you?
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