I love this video so I had to share. Clearly I don’t have Alzheimer’s and I don’t know that the people who made this video did either. I also realize that everyone is different. However, I could easily replace the two characters in this video with my grandmother and I. This is exactly how her day goes, and what I would imagine life might be like for many people who live with Alzheimer’s. She has constant supervision and constantly has someone guiding her. She used to complain about us always telling her what to do. As she has advanced, I think she has either realized that she needs the help or that complaining doesn’t do any good.
I’m sure she has no idea who we are most of the time. I tend to have my hair all over my head and it’s pretty messy when I’m at home. Many times, she thinks I’m a boy. It doesn’t bother me. The wild and crazy hair is likely not very ladylike to her. She and my mother have always been the type of women who wake up in the morning and comb their hair and change out of their night clothes, even if they aren’t leaving the house. Even today, she is dressed, faced washed and teeth brushed every morning before we bring her to the kitchen for breakfast. Me, as a single bachelorette living alone, not so much. As a matter of fact I still have on my PJ’s right now. (It’s 2PM.)
I think she is more aware of who my mother is, but even so, she will sometimes ask, “Where’s Linda?” when Linda is standing in front of her. She used to always ask to go home. Understandable because she moved in with my mother. But even after 3 or 4 years here, she still had not grasped that this is home. She seems to trusts us, and she knows that we are the seemingly pleasant people who take care of her.