Recently, I participated in a forum that sought input into the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. At one point, two policemen suggested that demented elders should carry cell phones because police can easily use today’s enhanced technology to track the phone’s location if the elder became lost. While understanding their desire to keep these elders safe, I thought to myself their understanding of Alzheimer’s was faulty.
November 7th, 2011 at 5:17 pm
October 25th, 2011 at 9:28 am
My Dad always checked the locks on the doors every night, making sure everyone was safe. That was his job as a husband and father. It became an obsession as his Alzheimer’s progressed. If he could lock the doors, he could unlock them, and one night he let himself outside. It was dark and cold and he was in his pajamas and robe, and so sensitive to cold that we warmed his blankets in the dryer every night at tuck-in.
June 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am
March 11th, 2011 at 5:14 am
I was having coffee with a friend this week who related a story of a neighbor who was caring her husband with dementia. The neighbor was struggling with a new phase of her husband’s disease where he is constantly trying to “escape” from their home. So many of us are living through this exact scenario but how do we cope?