10 Requests from an Alzheimer’s Patient
- Please be patient with me — Remember that I have an organic brain disease for which I have no control.
- Talk to me — Even though I cannot always answer you, I can hear your voice and sometimes comprehend your words.
- Be kind to me — For each day of my life is a long and desperate struggle. Your kindness may be the most special and important event of my day.
- Consider my feelings — For they are still very much alive within me.
- Treat me with dignity and respect — As I would have gladly treated you.
- Remember my past — For I was once a healthy, vibrant person full of life, love and laughter with abilities and intelligence.
- Remember my present — I am a fearful person who misses my family and home very much.
- Remember my future — Though it may seem bleak to you, I am always filled with hope for tomorrow.
- Pray for me — For I am a person who lingers in the mists that drift between time and eternity. Your presence may do more for me than any other outreach of compassion you can extend to me.
- Love me — The gifts of love you give will be a blessing from which will fill both our lives with light forever
Shoe Laces, Buckles, Snaps and other methods of closure can be an issue for the Alzheimer’s patient. There are so many shoes that are nice looking, comfortable and affordable — Yet without the worry of fasteners. Velcro and Slip-on shoes make getting dressed a Breeze for the Alzheimer’s or Dementia patient. It’s embarrassing enough to ask for help with dressing and showering and other delicate issues of everyday life, anything that can help the Alzheimer’s patient behave independently is a relief for him or her.
Buy shoes that slip-on or have Velcro Closures — Buy shirts and pants that Slip-on or open to the front. Helping the Alzheimer’s patient to remain independent, removes stress from them and the caregiver as well.