Missing Married Couple Found
Reported by the Los Angeles Times: www.latimes.com
“A missing married couple who were both suffering from Alzheimer’s disease died in a one-car crash in Desert Center on Tuesday, a day after they were reported missing,…”
This is so sad and we read about it way too often. The person with Alzheimer’s dementia seldom gives up their driving privileges freely.
Taking the car away is probably the hardest thing that must be done for those with Alzheimer’s dementia.
But until you remove their car keys or ground them, you will fear every day that your parent or loved one may be the next missing person, or missing couple, or even missing married couple.
For weeks after my brother and I took the car away from my Mom, she still pleaded to have it back. She kept a photo of her car on the bedroom dresser and patted the photo of that car every time she walked by.
It took me awhile to figure out why she was so angry and cursing me every time she returned from the bedroom.
Once I removed the photo, Mom’s disposition improved exponentially!
Try to keep them busy or occupied with things they enjoy. Then there will be less time to think of driving. There are wonderful puzzles with larger/fewer pieces. Seek ‘n Find Word books.
One of Mom’s all time favorites was a Coloring Book filled with Bible Stories. She requested that it be handed down after her passing to the grandchildren.
Maisto R/C Rock Crawler (Colors May Vary)Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad – AnimalsPaper-to-Digital Coloring Pack – Crayon Stylus, Coloring App & Coloring BookFabulous Forties – 50 Movie SetSpringbokSpringbok Summer Celebration Jigsaw Puzzle, 36-Piece