Understanding Alzheimer's - page 2
Hi all. I have a question about Alzheimer's pts. I'm currently a student and one of the interests I'm leaning towards in Geriatrics. I've only done a few clinical assignments in LTC facilities and... Read More
Jun 13, '04Quote from mjlrn97Thank you for your sentiment. I have always felt that however "Out-There" they seem to you, that is their reality. I am not going to be the one who says it isn't. You have to accept these gentle souls as they are and TRY to get their attention focused on something besides what they are obsessing about at that time. It does no one any good to try to reorient them,they are oriented, only in their world.I also disagree with the nursing-school theory that says you always should try to re-orient them to reality; I say that whatever twilight world they live in IS their reality, that if they think it's 1940 and they're a young wife with a new baby, it's perfectly OK. They don't need to know that it's really 2004 and their "new baby" is a gray-haired grandma who's dying of cancer in another hospital a thousand miles away; if living in that other world makes them happy and helps them to stay calm, who's to say that that's wrong?
Just my 2 cents' worth.