I can not begin to tell you how much Alzheimer’s Services means not only to me but to our community.
The thought of not having my husband is still very hard he reality is I haven’t had him for many years.
Barbara, Molly, Dedrick and the majority of the staff at Charlie’s Place, for the most part there’re no words to truly express this, to Dana. I never dreamed I my be in this place, especially at my age. With Alzheimer’s Services, no person must have to fight this wicked disease alone, noone in our community has to. That said, I am forever grateful to Alzheimer Services.
They are my gift from God during these past few years. Leaving him in his new home was the hardest moments in my whole life. Bruce studied construction management but carried on in the car industry for 30 years. Remember, I never thought I must be married to a car salesman. Therefore, bruce was a p salesman and finance manager and provided well for our family. You can feel a gentle breeze on your face as you sit in the garden. That’s where it starts getting very entertaining, right? Whenever learning new things and reminiscing, and playing games that offer hours of entertainment, imagine a place where you are able to embrace technology. Imagine a garden lush with greenery and flowers. Without even knowing it, where you sit down and enjoy the company of friends while sipping coffee or tea; where you have the chance to exercise and joke and laugh;where you are personally challenged, mentally; where you can select your favorite song and have it played on a player piano; or where you can just listen to the soft sounds of the piano, or perhaps participate in a singalong with familiar tunes, Close your eyes and imagine a place where you walk in and are greeted by smiling and energetic faces.
It ok me a couple of weeks to grasp all that happened that day.
One of my dear friends said we needed to talk.
Bruce and I decided we were not planning to keep this a secret. That said, I had to promise her I would make the call. She ld me to call Alzheimer Services, speak to Dana Territo who would help me. I shared the news with my preschool family and as we came back to school in August. Certainly, I called Charlie’s Place when my husband had a paranoia episode, that included hallucinations. They’ve been able to give me suggestions on what to do and how to calm him down. He was a very hardworker, a loyal employee and wanted to give his family all he could. Seriously. He never missed any of their games, meets, and similar He was very active in our church and community.
Thomas More Preschool where I taught for 16 years and after that was blessed to become director in 2011.
He enjoyed our children, especially their sporting events!
In these last few years my life had been filled with many lifechanging moments. Known you should call me Pam Faciane and I am now a Alzheimer’s caregiver. There is a lot more info about this stuff here. My husband Bruce was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in July of 2013 at the age of Bruce was kind, ‘laidback’, on the quiet side until he got to know you. He helped me with events at St. It was hitting me that something was really wrong with him.
I thought it was the stress of his job situation.
He went back into sales and did okay but after a few months, things were not so good and at worse indoors.
He was mean and ugly to everyone. Bruce was not doing well at work but he did not tell me that. Of course, he would yell at his dad and all of us. It is this was forget it like Bruce. Making the arrangements, Bruce could not make a decision. That’s where it starts getting interesting, right? He lost his management job and said it was the car industry and everyone cutting back. Then, family asked, what was going on with him? Essentially, in January of 2013 Bruce’s father passed away, another lifechanging moment. Bruce forged my signature.
Dana was wonderful.
I had just found out that Bruce had gone through all of our savings, he had stopped his life insurance a couple of months prior to losing his job, he had not paid the bills and our house that going to be paid off in January 2017 had been refinanced for a 40 year mortgage.
I do not know how many times I cried. It’s a well I was encouraged to attend Lunch and Learns, meetings, and getting more support including Charlie’s Place, Alzheimer’s Services activity and respite center. Now pay attention please. Alzheimer’s Services provided me with The 36 Hour Day book with information on the disease, and what services and support they had. She wrote, Thank you for teaching me at a young age to love unconditionally, stay humble, stand for what I believe and be a friend to everyone. Not only did my life change, my children’s lives changed also.
One consolation I treasure is a beautiful birthday message from our daughter. Has received the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Excellence in Dementia Care Program of Distinction four times; and has received Service Learning commendations from Louisiana State University and Our Lady of the Lake College, Charlie’s Place was named the 2008 Day Center of the Year by the National Adult Day Center Association. He would not will blame his dad for everything out of place, I was constantly fussing as Bruce would not put anything up. Cokes, Gatorades hidden in our shed and under the backseat of his truck.
Packets of flower seeds and garden seeds will appear everywhere.
In 2008, Bruce’s father came to live with us.
In another ‘lifechanging’ moment in 2005 my mother, who Bruce was very close to, passed away. Bruce would say it was so noone would get them meaning our kids! Notice, a year or so later, our children and I began noticing little things bags of chips, cokes and candy being hidden in a hutch where I kept party dishes. She was like a mother to Bruce. I didn’t realize how much her loss had affected him. He refused to get a job. Seriously. He needed a break and we my be fine. By May, I’m quite sure I was done. Ld me he will find one in time. Bruce lost his job a month later and just sat in the premises all day staring at the computer. I ld him if he didn’t go to a doctor and figure out what was going on, he would have to leave. We only had beds in the house and had two bathrooms for use.
Just as we thought all was better, now Bruce thought someone was poisoning him with xic water and he started spitting to rid himself of the toxins.
Nothing could relieve his paranoia.
We will tell him to stop but he said he couldn’ At Charlie’s Place, the staff noticed the changes and implemented care strategies to relieve his fears, including ‘official looking’ letters from the government assuring Bruce the water was safe. Nonetheless, he thought someone or something was controlling our dogs and he also began wandering. Consequently, this was rough on Bruce. We moved back in our house the week before Thanksgiving. We saw him decline more quickly and paranoia set in. Certainly, after a few weeks the paranoia with the dogs stopped and we had some peace. Another gift from God, Alzheimer’s Services welcomed Bruce at Charlie’s Place daily and I could’ve happiness. Known god sent his angels to me. Therefore, we had many heroes and angels in our lives as our friends came in and helped demolish, clean, and rebuild. So August floods hit and our home flooded, another ‘life changing’ moment, as things were getting into a rhythm. Oftentimes I needed somewhere for Bruce to stay as I could not leave him in our friend’s home alone throughout the day.
Over the next a couple of months, my dear friend ok over the rebuilding of my home.
a dear friend and his brother helped us evacuate and offered us to stay in their house where we lived for four months.
He will provide, when we are at our weakest. Furthermore, he is just that, when I tell you God is good. He and his family gave us a place to live and became our hero. Children and I made the decision to place Bruce in a care facility, with my dad now in rehab. I had to find a safe place where he going to be happy. His life means more to me than my own. Dana sent me information and I had long talks with Molly, a Alzheimer’s Services social worker, for reassurance.
I need him to enjoy what time he has left and for my family to be happy when we are together. He can go outside and not wander off and is wellcaredfor, Bruce is now in a safe place where he can do what he wants. I was trying so difficult to be strong and not cry as I did not seek for to upset Bruce. Another question isSo the question is this. Another doctor and finally a diagnosis of Younger On Set Alzheimer’ I looked at him and asked, What am I supposed to do next? So doctor said he shouldn’t be driving in general and she began to show us his results.