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Posted by ap111 on September 14, 2000 at 19:15:52:

In Reply to: Grabbing for hope posted by Max Wacher on September 14, 2000 at 18:50:30:

: Hi. My 70 year old father has Alzheimer's. It's usually not an ordeal with him but today was a real difficult exception for some reason. I couldn't get him to do anything that we normally do as routine. He wouldn't take his meds or even his vitamins. I couldn't convince him to eat most of his meals. He didn't want to go on our daily walk. It was weird. He was acting like a bratty child who did the opposite of everything I said. On top of that I had to deal with such incompetency at my work today. Days like this I really wish there was a quick fix answer to Alzheimer's. I'm sure if I didn't have a bad day myself, taking care of my father wouldn't have been so bad. I don't blame him for any of it. It's just hard is all.

Hi there. I can understand your frustration and I'm sorry to hear that you're having so much difficulty. Taking care of someone with Alzheimer's is a full time job in itself and on top of that you have your normal job. I first have to commend you on that. My grandfather has Alzheimer's and it's not easy to make sure he's okay and everything is done each day according to doctor. I think there is a way to help ourselves and those in the future though. There is a project done right now by a company called www.dna.com that is trying to find genetic cures for Alzheimer's. A big part of Alzheimer's is genetic and that's why I volunteered to take part in it. It makes me feel good that I'll be helping someone with Alzheimer's down the road and maybe it'll be me in later years. In fact they're having a live chat today with the director of the project so I plan to ask my own questions to see what they've done so far. I hope your day is better tomorrow and stay strong. Good luck to you.

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