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Helping Our Aunt
Our Aunt, who is almost 87 years old, has Alzheimer’s and though we don't live together, we take her to her doctor’s appts and get her meds filled, do her bills, cooking and baking for the week as she is no longer able to do any of that. She wants to stay at home, though we're a town over from her. Is this feasible? She wants NO outside help either, other than my husband and myself.
Liz in California, 46
Your aunt sounds like she wants to be independent, but she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she may not realize how much is really being done for her. You and your husband sound like wonderful and supportive family members, but you also have to be realistic as to how much you can handle. Consider hiring help such as an aide to watch her, and/or a cleaning person. This takes money and a lot of coordination above what you’re already doing for her. Your aunt may not be capable of making these decisions for herself. If you get the right help, your aunt may come to accept having someone in the house.
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