Remember Me … To Remember!

One of the loneliest things about loving someone with early Alzheimer’s is the feeling that any good times the two of you share from here-on-in just don’t matter. So often family members say, ‘Oh, I don’t go and visit Grandma anymore because the minute after I leave, she doesn’t even remember that I came. I don’t know what to talk about. I feel so bad when she looks so lost and confused. I am not sure how to visit her anymore.

What should I do when I visit? I hate to come in and see him. I just don’t know what to say to him.” Damage to hippocampus of the brain, one cannot hang onto new memories for more than a few minutes. It can happens through a stroke, epilepsy or Alzheimer’s disease.

But research shows that the good feeling of someone cares and always visits outlasts their memory. So, spend time with a memory loss person tell them jokes, make them laugh, and give them a hug. These memories have enormous positive benefits.

Alzheimer’s Association: Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures