What Does Dementia Feel Like?

This informative and moving video from Social Care Institute for Excellence explains some of the things a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease experiences on a daily basis. We’re taken through an average day through the eyes of a dementia patient and listen as she details her confusion and trains of thought. Read about 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

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  1. Dawn says:

    My Brother is diagnosed with dementia and he seems to be back about 30 years ago trying to fix things he did wrong and believes our parents are still alive. His age is 68 years old. He made a lot of mistakes money investments and never spent much time with our parents or got along with them. Is this typical?

  2. J. Alec West says:

    My former landlady (in her 80s) suffered from dementia. She was not “seen” for it by any physician. But her niece (who worked as a Registered Nurse at a nursing home) said her symptoms were typical. On a few occasions, she called the police saying I was having an argument with another tenant – a tenant who no longer lived in his apartment. She also complained to cops I was loudly arguing with a former tenant – a lady who’d moved out of state years earlier.

    I decided to move out myself. But before I moved out, I did “fix” her problem with calling cops. The last time the cops banged on my apartment door based on her complaining, they told me that “moving out” was the only thing I could do. But, it wasn’t the “only thing.” How?

    I’m a senior citizen, too (in my 60s). I told the cops that unless they did something about her complaining, I’d file a formal complaint charging my landlady with “elder abuse” – a complaint that would “require” the cops to intervene (or risk a potentially embarrassing lawsuit for not intervening). In the state where I lived at the time, the crime of “elder abuse” was taken “very” seriously.

    So, the cops talked to her and explained her dilemma if she continued her complaints. The complaints stopped (grin).

    FWIW, months after I moved out, her son told me that she’d started calling cops again with the same complaints … with the cops having to enter an “empty apartment” … proving she was addled. Whether she ever got treated by a physician for this problem is something I don’t know.

    • J. Alec West says:

      PS to my last post. Her son and her niece “both” tried to get her to go see a physician. Her response to them was along the lines of, “Why should I see a physician? There’s nothing wrong with me.” And when her son or niece challenged some of her notions, it always led to a loud argument and tears (on all sides).

      I often wonder if I moved out too soon … that if I’d filed a complaint for elder abuse, maybe the cops would have made a physician visit mandatory on her part.

      When I first moved in, my landlady & I got along great. I often visited her to talk and even gave her DVDs and CDs of TV programs and music she liked. But the last year I lived in my apartment, her cognition went downhill … quickly.

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