Living with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
I Can’t Find My Place
- in my book
- in the movie
- with my friends
- in my career
- in my community
A Big Facts:
About Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia
People diagnosed in their forties, fifties and even sixties struggle to fit in with others their age, and don’t feel a belonging with older people with Alzheimer’s Disease either. They’ve lost their place in their careers, communities, homes and in their own lives. What’s next? We have highlighted their inspiring stories in images with our nonprofit organization.
- They are forced to leave or restructure their hopes and dreams.
- Many leave their careers long before they would’ve retired otherwise leaving an emotional and financial gap.
- Their families and care partners lives change dramatically and they witness this happening to them.
- People see a younger person and question if they are faking it.
- Their children may still be at home or are recently on their own and still need their parents.
- Their grandchildren may never get to know them as they were.
- Anniversary and birthday travel trips are either rescheduled, canceled or enjoyed in a different way.
- Spouses become care-partners at a younger age than they would’ve expected. Their dreams and hopes are also painfully changed.
Having Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia can lead to isolation and loneliness even when there are loving family and friends around. When I asked them what was most difficult, Tara said it was the loneliness and feeling alone. Tara is an advocate herself and helps with support groups through Alzheimer’s Texas. Of course, things changed during the pandemic, however she maintained relationships, provides suggestions and supports others on their Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia journeys, She described her advocacy and even their own journey as “a blessing.”
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Photography Sessions and Why We Do What We Do.
We use photography to gift families impacted by dementia memorable experiences and a platform to share their stories. We typically include the family dog with their photo sessions. We all want to feel like we belong, and there is nothing like a playful dog demonstrating unconditional love to level the playing field for those with and without dementia. Additionally, dogs are popular on social media and people will stop to read the stories because the dog caught their interest. It’s a win-win.
Families enjoy knowing their stories help others and those with EOAD are particularly enthused. We all need affirmation that we are significant and needed and this is especially true for those who feel a loose grip on their sense of self.