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Bob and Nancy: Inside the Emotions of Alzheimer’s
Perhaps for the first time, the progression of Alzheimer’s disease is documented through its three stages from the perspective of the emotional journey of the patient. In commentary that becomes more halting as her disease progresses, Nancy shares her life, what still gives her pleasure and her loss. Actual day to day scenes from her life are integrated with a series of sessions in which Dr. Peter Rabins speaks with Nancy, exploring her emotions and revealing her response to Alzheimer’s disease and the impact it has on her life.
Early in the progression of the disease, with surprising clarity, Nancy describes the realization that her memory is failing and how this changes her world. In fleeting moments, Nancy wishes she didn’t have this disease, but then rapidly forgets the thought. Scenes documented in her daily life show her joy in being with her husband Bob, her daughter and her grandchildren. With a positive spirit and the support of her family, she continues to be active, and enjoy many of the things that have always given her pleasure.
As Nancy’s disease progresses, her husband makes the difficult decision that she can receive better care in assisted living. Bob visits her daily and she often expresses the feeling that they are no longer together and how this makes her sad. Yet, when on her own with nursing home staff, Nancy’s positive approach shines as she focuses on the moment, talking with the nursing assistant, enjoying the life presented to her. She continues to welcome the visit of her daughter and grandchildren, recognizing them, but not always able to recall names.
After a fall, Nancy’s condition deteriorates rapidly. In rehab, she’s often confused, not understanding what is expected of her. Nonetheless, she flashes her smile and tries her best. Still recognizing Bob, she looks to him for the hints he has always given to help her throughout the progression of the disease. In Nancy’s final months, Bob takes over her narrative, sharing the love which has been the foundation of their life together.
Topics: progression of Alzheimer’s disease, moving to assisted living, life transitions, rehabilitation, dementia, compassionate care, hospice
Audience: Family caregivers, support groups, assisted living staff, nursing home staff, hospice staff, students in professional training programs, allied health programs in community college and social workers.
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