Alzheimer’s…Dementia (cont.)

    It does no good to tell your Alzheimer’s patient that they are wrong about who they think you are or other wrong statements.  That will only confuse them.  Perhaps they believe a friend visiting for a few minutes is a long dead relative.  Don’t correct, just say “oh really” and change the subject to something else.  You can be very creative in answering without lying. 

Bad language

   How does a pastor, under the influence of Alzheimer’s disease, suddenly spew out all sorts of filthy words?  You are embarrassed for him but how to make it stop or slow down seems impossible.  Try turning on the old hymns and keeping them on softly in the room.  You will be amazed at how suddenly he will join in the songs and sing every word, and still not know who you are in person!

Never give up, be embarrassed or try to hide from your loved one whose mind is ‘misfiring’.

Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”

We are not asked to understand, only to Trust!