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In the beginning, Helen felt like it was the

end of her family

You’re reminded even as a child to be in the moment because in an instant it can all change. That never became truer than watching my mom live with dementia.

Our world came crashing down when we received news of my mom’s diagnosis.

It felt like the end of our life as a family, somehow.

My dad was determined to care for my mom. He deeply desired to make their life as full and positive as it could be. It pained me to watch. How could I support him in this? How do I help him care for my mom? Where do I even start?

So, I took the first step and I searched online and found local workshops, support groups, and counselors to help me and my family at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary. I gathered the courage to go to my first workshop on dementia.

But because of donor support, I experienced relief at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary.

I left with the real life information that I was so desperately seeking. We had what we needed and some peace of mind came with that.

I brought my dad in to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary to meet with the social workers. With each step, I could see him gaining the confidence and new strategies to care for my mom and help him cope.

 

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My dad was determined to care for my mom. He deeply desired to make their life as full and positive as it could be. He felt the weight on his shoulders. In the beginning, he often felt like a failure and at a loss of how to work with my mom’s new behaviors.

It pained me to watch. How could I support him in this?

How do I help him care for my mom?

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