When you care about someone, it’s second nature to set them straight when they get their facts mixed up. But when it comes to interacting with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, it’s important to recognize that your family member or friend is living in a slightly different world. Correcting them, even gently, can add to their confusion.
Instead, focus on what they know and feel in the current situation. This will help you connect to each other.
The video clip below reminds us that reality can mean different things to different people – and urges us to recognize that that’s okay.
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is heartbreaking and deeply frightening, hitting us with the realization that our minds are going to be affected and the inevitable outcome is death – because Alzheimer’s disease is ultimately deadly. Adding to the frustration is the fact that we don’t understand it and cannot cure it.
There is only one solution: research. Each new breakthrough with this disease brings us closer to prevention, treatment, and with patience and perseverance, a cure. Learn how you can help us accomplish this goal! Click here to help!
C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband, son, and dog.