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Trying to accept why at 25 I have to deal with my dad having early onset alzheimers

Discussion in 'Younger people with dementia and their carers' started by Naomi25, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,441
    Salford
    I understand how you all feel on here our youngest was 16 when my wife (his mum) was diagnosed with AZ and our oldest 24, they never had their mum see them get their degrees, never saw our daughter get to go to the ceremony (if that's the word) when she gets to put Doctor in front of her name and won't be there when our daughter gets married next month.
    It does seem to be a common thought that feeling resentment and distancing yourself from the situation is an answer but that just makes it someone else's problem.
    Our children don't want to be involved in their mum's care...good for them, I can cope, something, apparently they can't. I don't "snap" or "get angry" it's a disease and if the people who should love her don't anymore then how can you expect care staff who are paid to care do that either.
    It's a world of **** but I'm not prepared to give up yet, it's a marathon not a sprint and it would seem our children are sprinters, me I'm there for the long haul, I have to as I know that's what she'd do for me if it was the other way round.
    K
     
  2. Norfolk Cherry

    Norfolk Cherry Registered User

    Feb 17, 2018
    211
    Female
    Naomi, my heart goes out to you. You are very young and your reaction is very normal as you can see from the posts on here. Age and experience can help some people deal with the stress and unbearable pain of dealing with our loved ones slow decline, but you have neither, so don't be hard on yourself lovie. It's as if you have no tools in your box to do the job. See if you can get some counselling sessions to get your feelings out and work out a way of living with this. Take care, your dad would totally understand your feelings as he loves you, so don't feel bad.
     
  3. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,514
    Suffolk
    Kevin, the word you’re groping for is congregation. Took me years to remember the right term!
     
  4. LynneMcV

    LynneMcV Volunteer Moderator

    May 9, 2012
    2,957
    south-east London
    My husband was officially diagnosed at 58. Our son was 18 and daughter was 20 but, as is usually the case, my husband had shown signs for several years prior to diagnosis, so much of their teenaged years has been impacted by their father's changing behaviour.

    There is no right or wrong way to act and our son and daughter approached matters in completely different ways. My son automatically grasped the situation and was happy to take guidance from me on how to handle different scenarios as they unfolded. I wouldn't say that he found any of it easy, but he bit the bullet and did whatever was needed.

    My daughter, on the other hand, spent the first four years after diagnosis working on the belief that her father was somehow in control of his actions and could do better if he tried - but that he didn't want to.

    It wasn't until my husband first went into a secure unit following a crisis that it finally hit her that he really was ill - and from then on her attitude changed.

    She could never bring herself to be a hands on carer, and fair enough, why should she? He wouldn't have wanted that and I was able to do that myself anyway. However, what she did do was help in other ways - ie sit for an hour with her dad while I caught up on sleep, pick up things from the shop if I'd forgotten something, collect medication if her dad was too restless for me to take him out, give her dad a hug and show him various medals she had won from a variety of marathons she was taking part in.

    She was never at ease with her dad's illness and it definitely didn't get easier as the disease progressed, but by helping and supporting me, she was still helping and supporting the care and well-being of her father.

    I suppose what I am trying to say is please don't feel guilty if you cannot bring yourself to do what you think is expected of you. See what you can do to help in ways that are more comfortable to you. As the disease progresses your mother will welcome support in whichever way you feel able to give it.

    My husband passed away nearly three months ago now and I can honestly say I do not value the help offered by either one of our children as being better or worse than that offered by the other. They each played a huge part in caring for and helping me care for their father and it was because of them both that I was able to see things through to their conclusion.

    By being part of it all in their different ways, both our son and daughter grew closer to their father, learnt patience and acceptance, put aside any past hurts or misconceptions - and I would say we all came out the other side of things much stronger than ever as a family.
     
  5. sford91

    sford91 Registered User

    Nov 4, 2015
    103
    sorry to read your post about your dad. Thinking of you and look after yourself x
     

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