Alzheimer’s disease has a voice of its own
April 22, 2011
Sue Tucker was trying to help care for her mother-in-law, when she had a striking conversation that resonated with her many years later, according to Ohio.com. The woman, who was typically polite, had Alzheimer's disease and started refusing to go to the doctor.
She insisted that she was going to get a perm instead, so Tucker told her that she could do that another time, but going to the doctor's office was more important. ''I just hope that when your mother is old that you are as mean to her as she is to me," Tucker's mother-in-law responded, the news source reports.
It is instances like this where it's important that Alzheimer's disease has a voice of its own. When a loved one becomes irritable or makes hurtful comments, caregivers often feel frustration and rage. However, it's best to allow the remarks to slide, realizing that it's not the friend or family member talking, but their condition.
Some families may also be stressed over senior safety concerns. In this case, it may be wise to install a medical alert system that can help keep an older adult safe. This device can be used to immediately send a personal emergency response message when one needs assistance.
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are 5.4 million Americans who are suffering from the disease across the country.