Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Memory Loss and Chaos in Alzheimer's Patients

If you make Alzheimer's care about you, and how you are feeling, with little regard for why the Alzheimer's patient is feeling the way they are, you are the one that is going to suffer the emotional chaos right along with them.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Memory Loss and Chaos in Alzheimer's Patients
How do you feel when you misplace your car keys? Out of sorts? Confused? Anxiety ridden if you are in a hurry and need to be somewhere? 
Well, you didn't lose your memory. What you did do was forget to register in your memory where you were put your car keys. If you didn't register the memory, then you don't remember where you put your keys. Its time to hunt. 
The key word here is you did not 'register' the memory. You didn't save it in your brain. 
Now imagine for a minute that you were no longer able to register any of your new, right now memories. You couldn't remember anything new even if you tried, or wanted too. 
Welcome to Alzheimer's World.