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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

91-Year Old Man With Dementia Shoots Daughter (Video)


When police and emergency services arrived, Mr Stafford appeared to have no idea what he had done or that a shooting had even occurred.

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This is certainly a sad story. At the same time there is a lesson to be learned. You really need to think about all and any possibilities when dealing with someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Key word safety.


I am sitting her wondering how many persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease might have access to a gun(s) right now? Even if the patient has no history of violence it is easy to imagine a person suffering from Alzheimer's getting disoriented and reaching for a gun.

After all, many times guns are in the home for protection. So if a person suffering from Alzheimer's fails to recognize a loved one, or feels threatened something terrible can happen.

In this particular case it appears that no one knew this man had a gun. Where was it? In a shoe box under his bed. It is easy to imagine why it was located there. Protection from a robber/burglar?

What other things should we be thinking about right now that should be put out of harms way for someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Go here for the video report.

91-Year Old Man With Dementia Shoots Daughter

A 91-year-old man suffering from dementia has shot his caregiver daughter in the stomach as she helped him go to the bathroom.

Patricia Stafford Crull, 61, is now fighting for her life at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was helping her father, Freeman Stafford, with a handheld urinal at around 1am this morning when he shot her.

Investigators said there was no argument or anger. They believe Mr Stafford simply picked up the gun in a moment of confusion caused by his dementia.

Family members said Mr Stafford had served in the Army, where he had been an expert marksman during World War Two.

Mrs Crull, who lived with her father as his primary caregiver, managed to phone police and tell them she had been shot by her father.

She also told them he was suffering from dementia.

When police and emergency services arrived, Mr Stafford appeared to have no idea what he had done or that a shooting had even occurred.

A .22-calibre revolver was found in a shoebox by his bed. Family members told NewsChannel5.com that they didn't know Mr Stafford even still had the gun.

It had been given to him 25 years ago by his son. No one had seen it in seven years, they said.

He was taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation and treatment. Investigators say it is unlikely he will face charges.



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