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Discussion Question 9

Discussion Question 9 - the fact the he doesn’t speak...

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Stephanie Warner PSY 242 C Dr. Dave Knight 20 November 2007 Discussion Question #9 What role have you had in the care of people with mental illnesses or limitations? Imagine you have to care for someone who is severely demented, say your spouse. How do you think you will do? My grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease. He doesn’t live with my family, so I’ve never really had to take care of him. Although, every time we go and visit him at my aunt’s house, or spend time with him, he needs taken care of. The last time I spent time with my grandfather was when we were going to my cousin’s wedding. He had to be helped when he was dressed. He came out with two ties in his hands and wanted me to help him with it. He’s gained weight over the past year from the disease, and his clothes don’t fit him right. It was hard to explain to him that a tie wasn’t going to work because his shirt doesn’t button. He didn’t understand and what made it ever harder for me was
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Unformatted text preview: the fact the he doesn’t speak much anymore. He always has a smile on his face, though. It’s very odd every time I see him. I’m always a little uncomfortable, because he’s not the same grandfather that I know from my childhood. Grandpa is kind of like a little kid now that needs help with everything. I think if my spouse became severely demented it would be really hard. I would still try to do my best to take care of him because this was the person I have spent my entire life with. It would be really hard though because they wouldn’t be the same person that I fell in love with. It saddens me to see my Grandfather the way his is, so I couldn’t even imagine how hard it would be if my own spouse became severely demented. I don’t think I would take it very well at first, but then eventually I would learn how to deal and live with it....
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