Jan 11, 2014

This Alzheimer's Patient Remembers Her Life Story

Persons living with dementia can remember. In fact, they can do more than we can usually imagine.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I just finished reading about an Alzheimer's patient that remembers her life. A wonderful story really; and that, is why I am bringing up the link here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

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My mother continued to tell me stories that no living member of my family knew even when she was deep into the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer's.

Like this one.

My mother a wonderful Italian cook never once cooked pasta fagioli. Meanwhile we where buying delicious pasta fagioli at the Boyz Market in Delray Beach often and Dotty love it.

So one day I asked, Mom why don't you ever make pasta fagioli?

She proceeded to tell me that she made it once for my father, Franny.

As he was eating the pasta fagioli he said to Dotty, my mother's is better.

And as a result, she never made it again. By the way, that was back in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

For those of you that knew Dotty here, you might be able to imagine her telling me that story.

Tina Wynia, a person living with Alzheimer's, can remember.

She remembers the borrowed wedding dress she wore 58 years ago.

Yes, Tina suffers from the typical memory loss that we are all familiar with. But, another part of her brain that contains her saved, long term memory, is working just fine.

Tina did prove one thing

it is okay to ask a person living with dementia if they can remember. 

Of course, this is contrary to what most people write - even her on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. Not me though.

Bah Humbug. You just have to learn how to do it correctly.

Would you be kind enough to share a story about your loved one with us here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room? 

You don't have to be a professional writer.

If so send it here - rtdemarco@gmail.com . Put these two words in the subject box - Article Submit.

To read about Tina go here

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