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Three Horrible Families

When I worked in the Alzheimer’s Ward, we seldom saw family members. I don’t blame them. It’s hard for a child to visit a parent who doesn’t recognize them. It’s heartbreaking. But there were a few who visited regularly. There was one son who came in every weekend to play chess with his father. Alzheimer’s …

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Catch-22

We had one resident in the Alzheimer’s ward who was angry most of the time. Not all of the time. When children were present he would smile and laugh and just be a joy to be around. It was an amazing transformation. But most of the time, he was mean as a snake. And unfortunately, …

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“Go, Cat, Go!”

During my days at the nursing home we had one patient who had been a famous dancer. He had a fascinating life and I wish I could tell more, but to protect his and his family’s privacy I’ll just call him Mr. K. One of our other residents was over four hundred pounds and had …

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Promenade

I used to work in the Alzheimer’s ward at a local nursing home. There were two wings, separated by gender. In the women’s section, there was an old German lady who spoke no English. We had German phrases spelled out phonetically for us, simple things like “Do you want to take a bath?” and “It …

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Happy Memories

From Yahoo News: For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition.  “Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?” Irving’s daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop …

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