Taking care of grandma is a lot of work, and unfortunately there are some not so pleasant things we have to to deal with. There are numerous questions, diapers, messes, and appointments. Sleepless nights and angry days are a weekly event. Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease that I pray they someday find a cure for. Even though she doesn’t always remember we try to keep grandma as happy as possible. Every day is different and we have learned to never plan anything where the time is set in stone, but good times with grandma are possible.
We try to get grandma out of the house at least once a week. She has been on a real sugar kick recently and her favorite place to go is to the dollar store to buy cookies. She asks, “How much is this?” for every item and once she learns it is only a dollar she says, “Well I think we better get 3 or 4 packs then”. It is amazing that a simple trip to the store can brighten her day so much, but it does.
Sometimes grandma likes to go to the Plaza and get a smoothie and a Sees Candy sample. Whenever we go to the Plaza we try to let her look around a little bit too.
Sometimes she is in a great mood and even tries out a few hats and purses. Other times she doesn’t want to look at anything.