It is not unusual for an Alzheimer's caregiver to wonder if the person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia still loves them. Do they?
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Many Alzheimer's and dementia patients shadow their caregiver. This means they follow us around, or call out are name when we go away.
I alluded to this phenomena when I wrote - Did You Know Dementia Patients Get Agitated When Left Alone?
Alzheimer's patients often become angry when we leave them for any period of time. They asked for us repeatedly and want to know when we are coming back. They miss us fiercely.
They miss us because we are their connection to the world. They miss us because they rely on us to protect them against any and all demons real or imagined.
Have you ever given any real thought to this phenomena? You should.
What does it mean?
Whether they say it or not, the actions of a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia tell us - they love us.
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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room