There is nothing funny about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. OR IS THERE?
At the ripe old age of 34, I was at the height of my career, I had no kids, and was as free as a bird. I was having the decade of my life.
Then suddenly my Mom passed away and we QUICKLY discovered that my Dad had Alzheimer's disease - and he needed a place to live.
I'm no accountant, but after visiting a few nursing homes, I calculated that if he used his entire life savings, my Dad could afford to live about 2.83 more years. So under the guise of "staying with me for the weekend" he moved in with my fiance, David and me at our home in North Carolina.
Over the next seven years, Dad changed my life. He made jokes about EVERYTHING. He kept us in stitches most of the time and we always had a good time together.
I began writing my caregiver blog (www.KnowItAlz.com) after my sister suggested that I put the stories into a book for other caregivers to enjoy. When she suggested a book, I burst into laughter as I began to recite a LONG LIST of other things (like my job, night school, caring for our Dad, etc.) which left me no free time for book writing.
During all of the challenges I had faced in my life, humor had always seen me through, and this was no exception. My sweet old Dad, with or without Alzheimer's, was HILARIOUS!
When my Dad died last year, I received hundreds of emails from longtime readers of the blog. Many encouraged me to compile my funny stories into a book, so that caregivers could always have a laugh when they needed one.
So here we are! I am approaching my 42nd birthday and I have some free time since I have completed school and am no longer a full time caregiver to my Dad.
I heard about a successful KickStarter project on the radio and felt that this was a great way to pay for the editing and publishing of the KnowItAlz caregiver book. If I reach my goal, I will have over 100 free books to give away to caregivers in need of a laugh.
If you are not a caregiver, please consider giving one as a gift to someone who is. BESIDES MORPHINE, LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy some laughs!
Below is a video of my Dad and me which aired on The Hallmark Channel in 2008.
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