So it seemed there might be a use for a respite room for us to share tears and laughs.
I'm a long distance caregiver for my mom, and I'm going out to see her next weekend with my brother (only sibling). My mom has Alzheimer's. She lives in a retirement community, and so far has an independent apartment, but with aides coming in to help, and lots of friends for support. She still knows who everyone is, but her short term memory is gone, and her long term memory isn't much better (I thought that wasn't supposed to go). Hard to get excited about going out there - it's stressful.
Please come in if you'd like to vent - I'd like to listen.