Your mom has Alzheimer’s. Are you prepared for the changes that will come in the months and years that follow? No two paths with this disease are identical. Your mom may live another 10, 15, or 20 years. It can progress quickly some months and slow to a crawl others.
Prepare yourself for the things to come by watching movies and documentaries about Alzheimer’s. Here are some of the best for family caregivers to watch.
A Song for Martin (2001)
This Swedish drama shows the key stages of Alzheimer’s from start to finish. Martin is a composer and falls in love and marries his first violinist. After their honeymoon, Martin becomes forgetful and is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
A Song for Martin progresses through many of the stages. It covers wandering, emotional outbursts, rage, and continues to the final weeks where he’s non-communicative and doesn’t get out of bed. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s also realistically portrayed.
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (2014)
Most people recognize the name Glen Campbell and know some of his songs. I’ll Be Me documents his battle with Alzheimer’s. It shows the ups and downs and difficulties his wife faced while caring for him.
Still Mine (2012)
Still Mine covers a promise Craig Morrison (played by James Cromwell) made to his wife. It’s based on a true story that took place up in Canada. Morrison wanted to keep his wife at home and started building a one-story house on their land, but he faced excessive hurdles from the town’s development board.
Morrison faces some of the situations familiar to family members with experience with dementia. Wandering is just the start. There’s also the situation where she forgets she’s cooking a meal and forgets and sets the kitchen on fire.
What They Had (2018)
Robert Forster, Blythe Danner, and Hilary Swank star in this movie where Danner’s character has Alzheimer’s and keeps wandering away. Forster plays her husband and insists on being her only caregiver, despite the strain it causes due to her wandering.
The rest of the family have found a memory care community that’s perfect, but they need their dad to realize that caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s is more than he can manage. Wandering is a big part of the latter stages of Alzheimer’s, and this movie shows how dangerous it can be.
Enlist the Help of Professional Caregivers
It’s impossible to ignore that caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s is tough. It’s rewarding, but it isn’t easy emotionally. Watching your mom or dad forget who you are and lose control of bodily functions is always going to be difficult. Make sure you’re able to process your grief through each stage.
One way to do that is by attending support groups. While you talk to others who understand the effects Alzheimer’s has on entire families, have a companion care at home aide stay with your mom. The earlier you get her used to having companion care at home services, the easier it can be when she reaches the mid-stages of the disease. Call now.