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Marilyn's Story
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I think my mother is in her second stage of Alzheimer's. She keeps repeating herself in our conversations. But to me, I also do the same thing!

But I wonder if she should be left alone at times? She says her greatest fear is that she'll blank out and wind up roaming around her apartment building not knowing what's happening to her. Could that possibly happen to her? Have you ever heard of any elderly person doing that?

We thought about putting her in a home so she wouldn't hurt herself. The more I hear about some of these homes, the more that doesn't sit right with me! And not to mention, she barely has enough money to live on; that's even worst. I heard that people working in these homes really treat people that are poor unfairly and brutally.

My mother went through a lot during her growing up years; she's the baby of 18 siblings. And she herself raised seven of us, not to mention she had two miscarriages!

She was born and raised in Louisiana. And most of her siblings are now either dead, dying or have Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. I want to help her to live in a dignified way; even if that means she stays in her small apartment so the little time that she has left will be bearable. She is so thin though. She doesn't eat and I am afraid she'll waste away. 


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