Posted on: January 10, 2015 | 0 Comments |
Note: In 2007, Jamie Wilson Headley (founder and CEO of Dementia Services Group) began the complicated process of helping her once-independent mother adjust to life with dementia.
These are the challenges that one woman faced, but although Jamie’s Journey is deeply personal, it is also universal. We hope that her trials and triumphs will shed light on the emotional and logistical issues that come with caring someone with dementia.
The trip to the neurologist was disappointing. It is not that her doctors were not good doctors or that they didn’t care about her as a patient. But the reality is that there really is not anything a doctor can do for Alzheimer’s other than try to manage some of the symptoms. There is no cure or even a real treatment for most irreversible dementias. So the only thing the doctor can do is look at options to control depression and anxiety and manage any other symptoms that may arise. I am sure it is frustrating for the physicians as well. Mom was just as frustrated and the only hope we had was that the increased anti-depressant would help.
I think I really believed there had to be some sort of cure for Mom’s issues. Those few days after the neurologist visit may have been the first time it occurred to me that I was not going to be able to “fix” her. I was very frustrated by this and decided at this point it was time for me to start learning everything I could about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. I had to do something. That decision changed the course of my life forever.