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Posted by Jennifer Lapatine on May 24, 1999 at 16:05:16:

In Reply to: recreation therapy for people with alzheimer's type illness posted by dora on November 18, 1998 at 21:34:53:

My grandfather had Alzheimer's or some kind of age related dementia. He is currently in a
Rehab facility recovering from Prostate Surgery. Over the last several years he has lost his
ability to drive, read or even remember what happened five minutes ago.

The surgery and his time in the hsopotal has caused him to lose the ability to walk. That is why
he is in a rehab facility. Since arriving there a week ago, he has also become incontinent and
can nolonger even feed himself. Other than a couple of hours of therapy and a walk around the
facility with his nurse and a walker, he has no activity all day. He pretty much just wants to
sleep all day. He is quite depressed.

I brought some old family photos to him thinking this might stimulate him, but even they seemed
to prove too confusing. What about music? Might that sooth him? Any other ideas. I feel that if
we could improve his mood and somehow engage him he might be able to improve physically
and then we could get him back to his usual environment where he might fair better. Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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