I keep hoping I'll wake up
March 3, 2010 7:39 AM Subscribe
I just found out this morning that my 60-year-old father has early-onset Alzheimer's. What do I do?
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My father went to a neurologist because he was losing words. My mother called me this morning to tell me that he has early-onset Alzheimer's.
My parents live in Indiana. I live in Florida. My husband's parents and extended family live in Alabama; my parents have no family (besides me and my in-laws) in the US. I work full time and am in graduate school.
The idea of Alzheimer's never crossed my mind; both my parents are very intelligent and (was, I suppose, for my Dad) erudite and I never would have imagined this.
What can I do? Both to try and come to terms with this news and also to help my mother and father? How has our life just changed? I am at a total loss and need to know where I go from here once I stop crying.