Dementia: The Journey Ahead
This is a very moving story; but sadly in life we lose some of those we love, not from Dementia, or Alzheimer’s, but issues of non-importance. I think this man has it right. Five years is a very long time as we older and his commitment to knowing her says it all.
It was a busy morning, about 8:30am, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived at the hospital to have stiches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00am. The nurse took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed. I spoke to one of the other doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures, and redress his wound.
While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to breakfast with his wife. As I inquired as to her health, he told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, “And you still go every morning…even though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted my hand and said, “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”
Abe Glickman, LTCA, LTCP
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