some alzheimer’s patients can’t tell us what they need.

​While listening to a caregiver this morning, I remembered the sad fact that once an alzheimer’s patient reaches a certain point, they have no way verbally to help explain their feelings. 

I remember when our babies would cry, my wife and I would wish they could tell us what they needed. We felt so helpless at times. 

“Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate. Communication with a person with Alzheimer’s requires patience, understanding and good listening skills.”    from alz.org

My friend is watching his mom fade away. He wonders what she feels, and if she has pain. 

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