When my mom started showing signs of more and more forgetfulness, more physical needs, medication management needs, the decision was made to move to assisted living. Each family’s different, so you have to look at physical needs and cognitive needs, memory needs, decision-making needs. Alzheimer’s is a disease that is pretty subtle and it’s easy not to want to look at it. People who suffer from Alzheimer’s are pretty good about covering it up. They can’t remember what they had to eat yesterday, but they can have an answer for you. I can walk around the facility here and say, “Lucy, how was breakfast?” And she’ll say, “Well, I can’t remember if I ate, but I’m sure it was good.” I mean, they answer right, so they present very well.
She’ll say, “Well, I can’t remember if I ate, but I’m sure it was good.”
Subtle signs of needs
These comments were taken from original interviews for the Embracing Aging documentary and have been paraphrased slightly for readability.
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