Dotty never knew she had Alzheimer's. In the beginning when I was trying to explain this to her one of three things happened -- she became angry and said mean things to me, she started crying, or she went into the bedroom and wouldn't come out.
By +Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room
How to Convince an Alzheimer's Patient They Need Help?
The search string above caught my attention.
Then, I noticed that the keyword search came in from a person connected to the Internet via Google Wi-Fi. Meaning, it was likely they were coming in from Google. I tried sometime ago to get a networked introduction into Google -- without success.
The person searching for an answer to their question was clearly determined and sophisticated because h/she searched across several pages on the Alzheimer's Reading Room until they landed on
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Can you actually convince someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease that they need help? Is it possible to do?
I am assuming in this case that the person suffering from dementia refuses to believe they need help.
I then thought to myself, what would be easier to do?
To try and convince someone that was suffering from Alzheimer's and didn't believe it that they needed help; or, to bang my head against a concrete wall one hundred times?
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Dotty never knew she had Alzheimer's.
In the beginning when I was trying to explain this to her one of three things happened -- she got angry and start hurling mean verbal barbs at me, she started crying, or she went into the bedroom and wouldn't come out.
I ended up feeling sad, frustrated, and with a sick stomach. It isn't easy being purple.
Obviously, I was able to get her to the doctor and after many months received the diagnosis. However, I know from previous emails that someone with a strong will can refuse to go to the doctor. It takes some technique to get them there.
Perhaps some of you have insight, advice, or first hand experience on what a person "might do" or "might try" when they find themselves looking for an answer to the question above.
Remember, be kind and helpful.
You never know -- your advice might make a big difference in the life of a soon to be Alzheimer's caregiver.
My guess is that many thousands of Alzheimer's caregivers have asked this question.
Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room