Dad’s (88) diagnoses include diabetes, minor cardiac problems, and mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s. I finally got him to stop driving and give up his car by telling him my car was no longer working and I was short of money. He immediately said, “Take mine.” He has a 24/7 wonderful home care aide who chats and watches TV with him. I think he’d thrive with more social interaction. He says he’d like some friends and will go to Alzheimer’s Day Care, but always finds excuses for not going “today.” How do I get him up and moving?
- Bill, Palm City
Good job solving the problem of removing Dad’s car! This one’s easier. Dad’s likely experiencing confusion and has no memory of telling you he would enjoy making friends. The best place for peer socialization is Alzheimer’s specific Day Care two or three times a week from Alzheimer’s Community Care or the Alzheimer’s Association. Ask for a Community Nurse Consultant to visit and help you, Dad, and his caregiver work out a strategy for Dad attending daycare.
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