Tips to be a more proactive, interactive grandson in the context of Alzheimer's
May 9, 2011 6:47 AM Subscribe
Interactions with a grandparent suffering from Alzheimer's---suggestions and ideas for activities? (more inside!)
posted by wallawallasweet to human relations (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be flying home in a few days to visit family and friends for the first time in a year. I went home last year during a very difficult transitional time for my extended family when my grandfather's alzheimer's suddenly became increasingly burdensome for himself and those carrying for him. I found myself pretty unprepared regarding how I could interact with my grandfather whenever I visited him. He is understandably and often disoriented and cannot hear anymore (and is for the most part confined to a wheelchair). Sometimes I write to him on a computer and show him photos, but I found this approach too distant.
I have great respect for him, and although we weren't very close due to the fact I mostly lived abroad, as a kid, I was always excited when he would fly over and visit us and was always enthralled with his war stories and other memories. My father mentioned to him that I would be returning soon and said that he seemed very excited about this prospect.
This time around I'd like to be there more when he's awake and try to interact with him more, but I'm not really sure how to start. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!