Grief in the elderly with early dementia or possible onset of Alzheimer's

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My grandmother died about 8 months ago. My grandfather has not officially been diagnosed as alzeihmer's and does still live on his own but has been prescribed aricept in the recent past. He has now latched on to photographs of her. One as a young woman and one more recent. He tends to talk to them and wants to take them with him as he visits the cemetary. He often asks others if they told her hello as they come in and will lean against the wall to repeat to them things he has just been told. He leaves the tv on for them at night so they don't get lonely and covers them when it is cold outside when he takes them with him. He states he knows they can't talk back but has trouble even leaving the house if someone can't watch them. Some of his children are becoming very upset with this behavior. What can be done to help him through this time?


Posted on 2010/12/29 0:51




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