People With Alzheimer’s Disease Often Resist Loss of Control

People With Alzheimer’s Disease Often Resist Loss of Control

Taking control of an uncontrollable situation

Alzheimer’s disease, thief that it is, steals control. The loss of one’s memory is more than the dissipation of a series of compiled experiences. Losing memory encompasses everything that was once learned and some things that just came naturally, like swallowing a pill or recognizing yourself in a bathroom mirror. Gratefully, with early diagnosis and medication, the loss is gradual. Hopefully.

Loss of control

If you were to interview a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, they might tell you that the loss of control is what they dread most. Wouldn’t you? Dementia is no respecter of persons. People from every walk of life and social, economic, and political persuasion have been diagnosed with the disease. College professors, professional football and basketball players, coaches, at least one U.S. president, and countless others have been diagnosed. Imagine having the world by the tail and suddenly someone is micromanaging every aspect of your life. This is no less true for people who are less famous, who are also stripped of the opportunity to manage their own affairs.

Conflict of loss

Letting go of control is excruciatingly hard. It doesn’t come naturally to a person who’s been independent for most of his or her life. They've been raised to make their own decisions. That’s the goal. Grow up and make your own way in the world. Pay your bills and responsibly live your life the way you w
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2 comments

    • Ray Burow says:

      Thank you for the kind words. It is my hope that the information will be helpful to you and others, as you navigate through the events surrounding Alzheimer’s disease.

      All the best!

      Ray Burow

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