The last two Sundays I have posted a video by Rick Phelps. Rick was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010 at the age of 57. He has made a number of videos about his personal journey. He called this one “The Elephant in the Room,” but I titled this post “A Bad Day,” because he was having one when he made it. He explained what having a bad day is like for an Alzheimer’s patient as only one who has experienced it can. He talked about time, communication, caregivers, mirrors, driving, and Memory People.
Rick started Memory People as an Alzheimer’s and impairment support group for patients, caregivers, family members and advocates, a place where they can share stories and walk this journey together. In the video he mentions that the group has grown to 130 members. Now it has over 4,000 members. Look for Memory People on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, call 1-800-272-3900 or go to www.alz.org.
- Alzheimer’s Disease: Getting a Diagnosis – Video by Rick Phelps (lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com)
- Alzheimer’s from the Patient’s Viewpoint – Video by Rick Phelps (lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com)