Oh, so forgetful...

@diutay (1315)
Philippines
October 8, 2011 8:47am CST
My auntie has Alzheimer's Disease. Her husband just died and even if she was beside him at that time, she would forget about it. She kept on crying for several days because she kept on forgetting that it happened. Every time she would remember, she'd start crying again. This went on and on. In order to calm her down, she was given a medicine. It didn't work well so her granddaughter who's a doctor injected her with something. It was really a difficult time. Do you know of anybody who has Alzheimer's? How does the family deal with it?
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• Philippines
8 Oct 11
my grandmother,at my father's side tends to ask questions over and over again. it's so annoying that all of us get irritated. i know she's going to have alzheimer's cause her cognitive skills are deteriorating. i feel pity everytime my mother and father shouts at her when they get irritated of her repetitive questions. i undertand her cause i've read about the condition. but my parents,even my uncle and aunt gets easily annoyed by her behaviours.
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
The condition is also difficult for the family. It is easy to say that you understand and just be patient. But if you're in the situation there might be times when we will get annoyed too especially when we are under stress. Knowledge about the disease is important in order to cope with it.
• Philippines
9 Oct 11
yeah,so true. most of the people don't have knowledge about this condition,so they tend to mistreat most of their elders who suffer from it. i saw a local news onetime,there was this elder who was imprisoned by her son and daughter-in-law. she was so pitiful cause she really lived in a cell at the back of her own house. when she cries and shouts she gets bitten with a map pole or broomsticks by her son and daughter-in-law. good thing, a neighbor reported it to the social welfare and she was brought to a safe facility and the son and daughter-in-law were sued.
@sw0605 (71)
• United States
8 Oct 11
both my in-laws have Alzheimer's, its always hearth breaking to go and see them.we cant talk to them, but we always act like they are normal. its really hard and much more painful for the kids.
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
I agree. Sometimes the experience of them not recognizing their own kids can be painful
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
that's a little bit scary and some one might think she is going beyond insanity.
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
We are actually worried especially now that her husband was buried just today. They had a very, very good relationship. I guess, she would feel empty now that he's gone.
• United States
8 Oct 11
Years ago I did work in a cancer treatment center where there was a floor specifically for those with Alzheimer. It was sad to see them daily as they appeared to struggle immensely. Unfortunately it appears that all that can be done is continue giving them medication to calm them done all day long and repeated daily. I also had a family member also with Alzheimer, and it was very difficult, although I was not the one with direct care for her. Sadly it is a slow disease that costs them their lives in the end.