Just a few years ago, I knew very little about dementia. Oh, I had heard about it plenty, especially thanks to a variety of jokes about it on TV over the years. Pop culture seems to make light of it with jokes about grandma forgetting that she put the keys in the refrigerator. But then reality hit when my own grandmother was diagnosed with it just a few years ago. Let me say that it is nothing like television portrays it. Just this year I found myself needing to look for senior home care in Brooklyn NY in order to get some help for my mom.

My mother has been an angel in my life since the day I was born. As my number one supporter, she has been the one who has helped give me the self esteem I need to climb many mountains and become the woman that I have become as an adult. I never really thought about the possibility that I would have the ability to one day return the favor to her outside of saying “I love you” and giving her hugs to remind her of my feelings toward her.

After mom was diagnosed, she was able to live alone in her home rather easily. My father passed away, so the only company she received were visits from me throughout the week to check on her. But at some point, the disease started to take over, and mom became more forgetful. When she wanted a pasta dinner, she threw pasta in a pot, put it on the stove to cook. She forgot to put water in the pot, unfortunately. She almost started a fire. These little things became more frequent, and then I knew I needed to hire someone to come take care of her at home. The person I hired is great and mom really likes her new caretaker.

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