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.
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How to Convince an Alzheimer's Patient They Need Help?
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Can you actually convince someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease that they need help? Is it possible to do?
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I am assuming in this case that the person living with dementia refuses to believe they need help. I then thought to myself, what would be easier to do?
To try and convince someone that is living with Alzheimer's and didn't believe it that they needed help; or, to bang my head against a concrete wall 100 times?
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.
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.
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