|I come and bring her candy, of course she's nice to me.|
Then as I'm leaving Claudia stops me, and asks me how I could get Peggy to participate in things. What does she like? And things like that. She wants to help her, engage her, make her happy, but she is being anti-social. She doesn't want to do anything. She's totally in her own world. Peggy was never like that. I remember her telling me that she couldn't wait to live with people and do all the activities and parties. And she did. In Wheaton she was at independent living, and always was the first to sign up for trips to the city, plays and social events. Even in Assisted Living, she was still pretty active, taking the bus for rides places and doing the excercise classes...now she doesn't want any part of it. It's so sad, because it's not just the loss of memory. It's the loss of herself.
So Merry Christmas to all my wonderful caregivers, you are true angels in the very forefront of this battle against Alzheimer's and trying against so many obstacles to keep Peggy healthy and happy.