What It Feels Like to Have Alzheimer’s — And Why We Need to Know

Article written by Marie Marley, Author of Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy

I’ve been publishing articles about Alzheimer’s disease for nearly two years. And I have to admit almost all have focused on the caregiver. Many have focused specifically on what it feels like to be a caregiver.

We can feel contentedness, pride and joy. We can feel elated whenever we make a meaningful connection with our loved one.

We can also feel sadness and loneliness. At times we are angry, depressed and frustrated; at other times we may be embarrassed by our loved one’s behavior and we can feel sorry for ourselves that we have to go through this experience. The list goes on and on.

But how does the person with dementia feel?

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