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How to best support a friend
August 28, 2006
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I just learned from a very close friend that her husband who is only 58 years old has such been diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer's disease. With that alone such devastating news, she had also just found out that her office manager has completely screwed her over and she is in the whole a big chunk of change. Unfortunately she lives about 8 hours away from me so it is not convenient to just be with her. I so desperately want to help and give her support but with the distance I am at a loss as to what I can do. I would appreicate any advice on this subject.
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August 28, 2006
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Quilter,

I have moved a lot and many of my friends are now in other states. Here are some ways that we support eachother...
call on the phone- even if it is a voice mail message saying that you are thinking of them
send a nice card in the mail or even just a letter. It is rare in this age of e-mail to actually get something other then junk mail and bills- it could be something she might carry around a bit and re-read as needed (There is one note from a friend of mine that I still keep in my glove box and I read it whenever I feel like no one cares)
send her a gift certificate for a massage or spa or dinner or one time housekeeping service etc.

Thanks for being there for her- sounds like she really needs it.

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August 29, 2006
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i think the best support for a friend is to just "listen"...let your friend vent & talk and get everything out, sometimes friends just need to be heard.

Wishing you the best...((camer)))

August 30, 2006
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Thanks for the advice. I bought a CD that I am going to send her. It was a cd that I listened to when my brother was diagnosed with Cancer. It just brought a little peace to my sole. So I am going to send that to her. I will just let her know I am always here and go from there. I just feel so bad that there is not something tangable that I can do. My I do agree just being able to listen and let her vent as you said.
Thnaks again

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