In Response to Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?:
In Response to Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE? : We returned a week ago from our fifth cruise, and I am saddened that it will probably be our last. My husband has been showing signs of Alzheimer's, and I thought we had more time; but on this cruise, he went downhill rapidly. I'm not sure that he even remembers where we went or what we did. I hope someone comes up with a good medication that will help to lessen the the stress of this condition. I know it has to be hard on the patient, and the stress on the caregiver is unbelievable.
Posted by Darla M
Darla, our last real vacation, about 2 years ago we went on a cruise and I think it was a bit much for my husband as well. It was a Western Caribbean and several of the stops were Mexico, I could not get him out of jeans, long sleeved shirts. Even on the deck around the pool he wore jeans. I think I got him into the pool once. As long as he is in a familiar place he is OK but get him someplace new and you can see the stress and confusion.
I mentioned in another post, check a hospital near you or the Alzheimer's Association for drug studies in your area. Some do show promise. Even if it is to delay for a while the more rapid decline it is worth it.
Do yourself a favor and find a support group in your area. If for no other reason than you will feel better that your husband is not as advanced as others and it can help you prepare. As he progresses you will need someplace to "vent" and get ideas and information. Look into drop off programs where he can get some stimulation or just sit and read or watch TV while you go shopping or out with friends for lunch.
Good luck. If you need a shoulder let me know. Here is a big hug for you.(( )).