Part Two A Daughter’s Perspective: Caring for My Mother–Helping Other Family Members Understand

My mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a year ago, is in a nursing home and even though it’s the best option for the 24/7 care she needs, it wasn’t an easy decision to make. My mother was only 45 years old when our father passed away 36 years ago. She was a woman who was proud of her independence. Like many families, we had hoped she could live out her years at home or with one of us, but the progression of the disease made that impossible.