亲爱的迪德: I AM watching my mum vanish due to Alzheimer’s and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m so depressed.
Mum’s 79. I’m her son, 56, and her primary carer.
She was diagnosed last year but her condition got worse so quickly.
Mum was always so kind and gentle.
But now she’s aggressive, saying horrible things and hitting me with her walking stick.
She doesn’t recognise me – and nowadays I hardly recognise her.
迪德说: It is a terrible illness that can affect a person’s personality and behaviour.
Although it is distressing for you, remember it is her illness talking, not your mum.
As her condition worsens, it may be worth considering a full-time care setting which could be kindest to you all.
Talk it over with Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk, 0333 150 3456), which can direct you to local support groups for carers.
I am also attaching my support pack Help For Your Depression.