We live in a global society, and within our society terrible things happen. We indirectly face tragedy every day. We’re constantly bombarded by breaking news that keeps us reeling.
It is a hard reality for those of us with healthy minds, but it is even more disturbing for a person with dementia. They don't process information in the same way.
When bad things happen
Processing what happens next door or across the globe is difficult for a person with Alzheimer’s disease.
My mother watched the news each night. It was a habit
that she and my father had developed over the years. But her comprehension was compromised as her mind became more fragile. She heard the newscaster’s words, but grasping the story’s intent was nearly impossible. What she did understand was fleeting.
Sadly, the disturbing images that floated across the screen weren’t lost on her. The graphic images were gripping and always left her with the same unanswerable inquiry: Why?
No good answers
That's the simple question tragedy leaves with us, regardless of our mental capacity. The difference is that folks without dementia understand that there’s no answer to the question. My mother was plagued by it. Why did terrorists fly planes into the World Trade Center? Why would someone walk into a school and shoot innocent children?
Other questions plagued me. Should my mother be exposed to tragic news and graphic images? How would those stories affect her? Sometimes when watching a television drama or an action movie, Mom would ask, “Is that real?” She had a difficult time