Thanks to Brigitta Schneiter @brisch27 for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁 https://unsplash.com/photos/_SB32j-cVrU

Thanks to Brigitta Schneiter @brisch27 for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
https://unsplash.com/photos/_SB32j-cVrU

 

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

When Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, it was heartbreaking and frightening. At first, I did not know how to get through it; nor did I have a sense of what was to become of her or us as a family. I miss Christmas with Mom in it.

However, I am comforted by knowing we celebrated with Mom right up until the end.

Traditions invoke joyful Christmas memories

Christmas is considered the most favored holiday each year. Christmas engenders feelings of love, generosity, and goodwill as it brings together family members and loved ones in shared moments and traditions.

Feelings of stressfulness and loss gradually replace joy and merriment when Alzheimer’s strikes the family.

When mom or dad, grandma or grandpa slowly decline, never to be the same, sharing family traditions gradually change with the loss of memory and self.

As of 2020 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s according to the CDC.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

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