It doesn't only wear away the individual's Psyche, it also works on that of those around him/her.
Friends and loved ones are constantly having to "adjust", to "re-track" and sometimes they are caught unaware, when we suddenly "tune them out". Sometimes in mid-sentence.
Bless them, they suddenly just look at each other and just....wait..... for the re-connect.
Sometimes it comes, and sometimes the subject just gets put on another "track" and "they" have to re-adjust.
I know this, because D has told me that it has happened with me.
I can be sitting, eating dinner, and all of a sudden stare into nothingness.
I keep having to ask for peoples' patience because my short-term memory sucks so bad.
One example: My bicycle. I recently forgot how to put air into my road-tires, so I had to take the Trek 100o Road Bike to the local bike shop.
Alan took one look at me, one look at the bike I was bringing him, another look at the computer on the handlebars (which showed over 7 thousand miles), and got this really weird look on his face: a WTF? look!
So I had to explain.
So he came back with the old "CRS" joke:
"Can't Remember Shit"
Remember that one, friends and neighbors?
He tried his best to empathize, but he wasn't in the same "place" as me, so I just nodded and grinned, like I'm s'posed to.
They try, don't they, bless 'em?
And THAT is why I say we are CONFUSING them!
ALL they know about Alzheimer's Disease is that we suddenly lose control of our minds and our bodily functions!
A challenge to the Alzheimer's Association: Do a friggin' Survey and see what people know about the disease!
GO TO THE PEOPLE!
And then let's start over.
Without all the "Gobbledygook".
In these troubled economic times, we're asking a hell of a lot of people to understand all the different types of dementia and where to "classify" them!
We HAVE to "break it down" for them!
We must ask ourselves: "What is it we want the public to accept?"
And to do that, we HAVE to go THEM to find out what it is they "think" they "know"
You CANNOT make me BELIEVE that "John Q Public" understands Alzheimer's Disease other than what he's heard on the news or in jokes.
We HAVE to re-group!
Thanks and please remember the "fur-babies"?
Keep a "Candle In The Window" for me, please?
Thanks and much Love!