My mother-in-law is eighty-five, with a quick temper, she’d always been physically healthy. But starting last year, she’d started repeatedly, asking the same questions, and I knew that she didn’t mean to, because she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
And now, talking to her, she had troubles hearing, and, everything we’d told her, she’d forgotten the very next second, she couldn’t stay focused either; things that she’d put down, she’d forgotten where she’d left them. Sometimes she was halfway through making the meals, she’d left the stoves, with the gas turned on. And, when we’d told her that she’s starting to show signs of Alzheimer’s, she’d gotten angry, and rebutted, “you’re lying!”
In order to slow down the progressions of her dementia, we’d needed to create opportunities for her to train her mind, like those things she used to know how to do but can’t now, we’d stayed by her side, showing her how it’s done, giving her the tools she’d needed, so she can recall how she’d, done those chores from before.
You can’t just sit still and stare into space, you’d needed to have someone close by accompanying, to talk to her more often, to make her recall the past, to encourage her to tell us about her younger years, to help her accomplish the tasks, to work on the tasks together, this, is NOT abuse, it’s to help slow down the progression of her dementia.
So, that, is what this family comes up with, to help the elderly woman slow down the progressions of her dementia, and, the writer is absolutely correct on how we need to get the demented elderly more involved in doing things, even if it’s something simple as picking out the vegetables, washing the vegetables, we should MAKE the elders follow along in the chores, to keep them active!