When my wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease I didn’t know much about the disease or the impact it would have on the lives of our children and their families. What I did know was that Alzheimer’s was not going to destroy our love for life. Like so many families touched by Alzheimer’s Disease we, too have experienced our share of heartbreak however we decided to focus on what we did have instead of what we did not. We chose to celebrate our memories, our “todays” making each day the best it can be with no regrets.
I had so many questions and spent a great deal of time looking for answers. Falling back on my coaching days I approached Alzheimer’s much like I would an opponent on the field. A solid game plan and a dedicated team gave me the Coach’s Playbook we needed to care for Barbara. This Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers was written to give you practical tips in order to help guide you and is to be used as a social model with the idea that we are doing this with our loved ones and not for them.
I leave with you what I have learned. Treasure each day and live it to the very fullest. Cherish the time you spend together and perhaps the most important, love each other unconditionally. I pray you find peace in knowing that it is still possible to both live and love when someone you know is living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Coach Frank Broyles