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For World Alzheimer’s Day, the story of a local caregiver

“By no means am I an expert,” said Mo Grossberger in a talk at Farren Care Center in Turners Falls on February 18, 2015. “I’m a survivor.”

In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, The Good Life is launching a new series, “Lesson’s learned: one man’s journey as an Alzheimer’s caregiver,” which will be written by Mo Grossberger.

Mo GrossbergerMo Grossberger's series about being an Alzheimer's caregiver will appear over the next few months in The Good Life and on our blog.Mo was a caregiver to his late wife for eight years, from the time of her early diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease in her early 60s until she passed away in 2011. 

Mo had been employed for many years in geriatric social work, beginning with Franklin County Home Care in the 1970s, but his wife’s diagnosis through him a curveball.

“I knew absolutely nothing on earth about Alzheimer’s.”

Along the road, Mo learned about the disease and how to best support his wife, as well as himself.

“Losing one’s memory is not a part of aging. When memories are gone and never come back again, it’s dementia. If memories are recoverable, it’s not.” With Alzheimer’s, Mo says, “the brain is like an onion, slowly being peeled away layer by layer by layer.” 

As his wife was regressing, she eventually believed herself to be in her 30s. “Our default setting is to use logic, but logic didn’t work.”

“I needed to learn how to live in the Alzheimer’s world. We’re only limited by our imagination.”

Learn more about what lessons Mo learned during those eight years and thereafter in his upcoming series, “Lesson’s learned: one man’s journey as an Alzheimer’s caregiver,” slated to begin in The Good Life on October 3. The complete series will also appear on our blog.

Mo Grossberger is available at no cost to speak to your group or for one-on-one counselling. He can be reached at 413-624-3954.

“By no means am I an expert,” said Mo Grossberger in a talk at Farren Care Center in Turners Falls on February 18, 2015. “I’m a survivor.”

In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, The Good Life is launching a new series, “Lesson’s learned: one man’s journey as an Alzheimer’s caregiver,” which will be written by Mo Grossberger.

Mo was a caregiver to his late wife for eight years, from the time of her early diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease in her early 60s until she passed away in 2011.

Mo had been employed for many years in geriatric social work, beginning with Franklin County Home Care in the 1970s, but his wife’s diagnosis through him a curveball.

“I knew absolutely nothing on earth about Alzheimer’s.”

Along the road, Mo learned about the disease and how to best support his wife, as well as himself.

 “Losing one’s memory is not a part of aging. When memories are gone and never come back again, it’s dementia. If memories are recoverable, it’s not.” With Alzheimer’s, Mo says, “the brain is like an onion, slowly being peeled away layer by layer by layer.”

As his wife was regressing, she eventually believed herself to be in her 30s. “Our default setting is to use logic, but logic didn’t work.”

 “I needed to learn how to live in the Alzheimer’s world. We’re only limited by our imagination.”

Learn more about what lessons Mo learned during those eight years and thereafter in his upcoming series, “Lesson’s learned: one man’s journey as an Alzheimer’s caregiver,” slated to begin in The Good Life on October 3. The complete series will also appear online at www.lifepathma.org.

Mo Grossberger is available at no cost to speak to your group or for one-on-one counselling. He can be reached at 413-624-3954.