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Eye, Ear, Teeth Check-ups Are Difficult When Elders Have Dementia

Imagine yourself with dementia or Alzheimer's, beginning to get confused and disoriented in a world that no longer makes much sense. Your daughter – you do still recognize her as your daughter – takes you to an appointment to get an exam, because your glasses seem to only make the world more confusing. You are helped into a chair and the doctor covers one of your eyes and asks what letters you see. What is a letter, you think, and why is he covering my face? You start to squirm and then push him away. This happens, my friends. When I took my dad to the eye doctor because he still liked to try to read but his glasses were wrong for him, he responded in such a way. He happened to be having one of his worst days and thought the doctor was trying to kill him.

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My uncle suffers from Alzheimer's, and yes is so difficult to take him for his check ups. Great post, quite useful and informative.

Nice to hear from you, Carol.

I know there is a gizmo that is used to measure the eyes and that works for some people, but even that requires cooperation from the elder. We want them to have the best quality of life they can, and that includes vision, ears and oral care, but it's hard to get it done well.

Carol

You are so right about difficulty checking eyesight, etc. of patients living with dementia, Alzheimer's etc. My Dad had Alzheimer's and it was very, very difficult trying to figure out his ailments. Your story about the eyeglasses happened to us too - we could NOT get my Dad's eye glass prescription correct.. ever. I think he went to his grave not being able to see. How awful.

Thank you for sharing this story.

My best, Carol

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