My husband was suffering from dementia and was given instructions by a social worker and required to follow them.
Then she asked him to identify the day, date and time.
She asked a few questions like: who is the president? Who is the prime minister? What profession did you work in? Can you tell me your grandchildren’s names?
Then she asked him to pick up an object and place it on her desk; or on the window ledge.
The hardest part of the test came when she told him to listen very carefully to what she was going to say, to remember them and then repeat them in the same order. She spoke very slowly.
Meanwhile, I was told to be sure that my husband went for regular medical check-ups.
My daughters and I involved him in family outings and celebrations.
We made sure that there was a peaceful, supportive and calm environment at home.
As he had far too much time on his hands, we searched for new things for him to do.
We removed small rugs to prevent slipping.
I moved the drinking glasses and other breakables out of his reach and put hardy mugs in their place. Disposable cups proved to be far too flimsy and kept falling over, spilling water all over the place.
More than anything else, I found that patience was the operative word here.
During this time, I did a lot of reading on dementia and discovered that the human brain only weighs 1.36 kilograms which is 3 pounds, which is amazing, as the brain performs so many complicated functions.