Im 21years old, from NI and my dad was diagnosed as having Alzheimers in April 2009 (well this is when I was told that he had it) he has been off work for over a year now with what was thought to be stress but unfortunately has come to be AD.
It has been very difficult finding anything relevant to me at the moment Im not actually a carer as firstly Im living away from home at the minute doing degree and secondly my dad is not that far along in the sense of awareness and memory but as a loved one I can see some subtle changes.
Reading up on the things to expect although it is alarming and upsetting, I felt it was important to know what to expect because I have to say I knew very very little about AD before we got the news...even now I think why didnt I say anything 2years ago when I noticed a change in his speech? Could that have helped...would catching it earlier be able to prolong the deterioration?
I know I can never understand what its like to hear news like that in a clinic from a Dr and to walk out the door and get on with your life like always...I just want to get an idea how he might be feeling? Is there anything I can do to help? How can I say how I feel without there being any underlying thoughts of what is to come? Maybe its selfishness and immaturaty because I am young that I can type on and on when so many people are going though harder times and lonelier times...
Just feel very alone and maybe its nice just to be able to vent in general? What else can you say when you're losing your hero?