Do Alzheimer's patients want to go home? Or are they longing for a time and place when they were safe and secure and knew everyone's name and face?
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By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
My mother repeatedly said she wanted to move back home to a place where she had not lived for over 60 years - South Philadelphia.
The sound of her voice, the look on her face the look of confusion and longing often made me feel deeply sad.
Saying I want to go home, to a place from the past, is a common occurrence among the deeply forgetful (people living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia). It happens to most of us.