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When Alzheimer's Destroys Our Ability to Reason

Judie Rappaport
October 6, 2015

Dear Judie,

Mom (82) has Advanced Alzheimer’s and Dad’s (86) beginning to show signs of confusion. They’ve always had piles of books and magazines around “to read later”. They once enjoyed photography and have what looks like thousands of photos ready to put in albums “when I have time”. They used to be busy and the house was messy, but now every surface is covered with clutter. Is this part of Alzheimer’s or have they become hoarders?

- Nancy, Vero


Dear Nancy,

Alzheimer’s destroys the brain’s capacity to reason, focus, and make decisions on what to wear, eat, keep, or discard. Your parents have lost the ability to sort their  photos, clothes, newspapers, mail, garbage, books, even spoiled food in the refrigerator will all pile up in the spot where Mom last handled them and she no longer discerns them as clutter. Your parents are very likely unsafe alone. Get immediate assistance from the experts at Alzheimer’s Community Care (Martin 772-223-6351; St. Lucie 772-460-9166; Ft. Pierce 772 466-3261); Alzheimer’s Assn. (800-272-3900); Vero Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s Assn. (772-563-0505).


Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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