Hi Shannon, I just came back last week after not being on this site for a year. I'm trying to catch up a little with everyone and I just read your blog about your Dad and really was touched by it. My uncle is just starting to go through the same thing, and I worry that my parents might struggle with this condition at some point too. I don't know much about it, but just wanted to thank you for the beautiful blog. Hang in there and just do the best you can.
First, here's a cyber hug for you... I'm so sorry that you are having a hard time now.
Yes, send the photos and label them. Better yet, if you can get a cheapo photo album and include some copies of old photos too, that would be great. If your dad has typical dementia, the short term memory goes first and the long term memory goes last. He will likely forget the grandkids first and may not recognize you in the most recent photos...depends on how advanced the dementia is. Old photos can be especially comforting because it can help him remember the good times.
One more thing, if his spouse has passed away and he forgot that, don't keep reminding him. It's one of the big mistakes families make. It's like hearing it for the first time, every time, and that is so sad. When my mother in law was going through this a few years ago, looking for my father in law (who had been gone for years) we used to tell her "JD is at work" or "He went fishing."
I am assuming he is in a care facility. If so, you can call the social worker and see how he is doing and if he needs anything.
Hang in there. Do the best you can every day, knowing that some days, your best is only going to be a fraction of what you are capable of on a good day. It's ok.
Hi Shannon! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your caring and supportive comments. The SP trackers and articles and all are great, but it's really people like you that make this a special place and give me the extra little push to stay on track. Thank you!
Give the pups a scratch on the belly for me! I miss my old boy, Bullet. (DH named him after Roy Rogers' dog.) We won't get another dog until we have traveled a little more...maybe in a few years.