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Old December 19th, 2008, 12:16 PM
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GG had to move again

My GG (great-grandmother) hasn't been doing too well. Her Alzheimer's is really progressing and the place she was had said months ago that we needed to find somewhere else for her. She was needing more and more assistance and began getting up in the middle of the night, pacing the main halls while removing clothing. GT (her daughter, my grandmother) began looking at Alzheimer's homes and hired someone to stay in GG's room with her from 7 pm to 7 am.

They had a room open up this past week at the one she chose so we had to move her. We had to trick her to get her there-it's so sad. GT had me act like we were just meeting for lunch and when I got to GG's apartment, GT "informed" me that GG's doctor wanted GG to check into a clinic for a few weeks for observation and so they can adjust her medication. I think GG suspects it was just a story-she looked so sad and kept tearing up.

After lunch we drove to the Alzheimer's home. We took a tour and unpacked her clothing. My aunt stayed with her a little while longer while GT and I slipped out to go back to GG's apartment to begin sorting and packing. In three years, GG's life possessions have been downsized from a 5 br home of 35+ years, to a 2 br home, to a 1 br apartment, and now to a small room that must be kept as minimal as possible. By 7 pm, we were pretty much ready for the movers that were coming the next morning to take everything to my mother's house.

While we were at the Alzheimer's home, every few minutes GG asked how long she would need to be there. She was so sad and lost. She's still lucid enough to know that she's not mentally well, though my grandmother doesn't want us to tell her that she has Alzheimer's. It broke my heart when GG said that she feels she's become too much of a burden on the family and wishes she would die already. She was once so strong, bright, and confident; this disease has robbed her of herself.
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