My grandfather recently moved to an assisted living home. He has Alzheimer’s, and it has been very distressing for everyone. One of the hardest things has been his focusing on questions like “What about the house?”  No matter how many times we explain the answers, he soon forgets them and gets worried all over again. To try to help with this, we made a book for him with all the answers to his distressing questions. I thought it might be a good idea to slip some family photo pages in there- perhaps they will catch his eye for long enough that he will be distracted away from his anxiety, and remember that he has a whole family who loves him very much, and that everything will be okay. My fear is that it will be even more distressing, that we are not there, or that he is not in his house, or that he doesn’t remember who the people in the photos are. I’ve tried to group the photos by generation, since the Carters all look very similar… the family photos can be confusing for people without Alzheimer’s! It was fun going through the photos, but unfortunately I don’t have nearly enough to cover the whole clan. I sent out an email to the family, hopefully they’ll create some compiles of their own, or send some other photos along so the whole family is represented. Here’s one of the pages….

 

Part of the Carter Clan

 

 

 

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