Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Walter and Short Term Memory

Muddear and I were have a fairly uneventful conversation today when she said...

"Do you see the way Phil just loves to see me?'
"Yes, Muddear. His entire face lights up. Phil loves seeing you."
"You know, Walter doesn't 'carry on' like that towards me. He never did."
"That's okay, you know people respond to situations in their own way. It doesn't mean he does not enjoy seeing you."
"I know he loves me. He's just different, sort of like me. I was never one to 'put-on' over people."
"Really now?" (This is a shock to me! Muddear always gushes over people.)
"No, not me. You know, I haven't heard from Walter."
"That's because he has been sick. Remember?"
"Oh no! I didn't know he had been sick. Nobody told me a thing and I am glad. As a mother, I would have been worried sick if I had a known he was sick!"

Muddear and I have had this exact same conversation twice this week, the last time being today. I have been dumbfounded each time as I sit and reflect on the affects of Dementia and Alzheimer's on the brain. Muddear has no recollection of Walter being sick or even visiting him in the hospital.

Go figure!


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