Dementia confusion, a common symptom of Alzheimer’s, can lead to recent memories being forgotten or distorted, while memories from the more remote past frequently remain intact. This can cause more distant situations to make more sense to an older person with dementia than the present. A person’s alternate reality could be the senior’s way of making sense of the present through past memories. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease frequently experience challenges with expressing themselves, and at times their alternate reality has more to do with a need or a distinct feeling they are attempting to express than it has to do with the words they are saying. For example: “What time will my wife be home?” This question might be more about a need for affection or acceptance or a home-cooked meal than it could be about desiring to see his wife, who passed away a number of years ago. An appropriate reaction to uncover more might be, “Why do you want to see her?” “I need to take all these casseroles to our neighbors before the end of the day.” Though these casseroles do not really exist, the words could actually imply a need for purpose in daily life or
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