Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mom Remembers More Than You May Think

In case you missed it, there was an item on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" this week about the impression our visits leave on Alzheimer's patients.

NPR: Emotions Outlast the Memories

Often people are reluctant to spend time with someone suffering from serious dementia, believing the visit will not be remembered soon after it ends. But new research suggests that while the details of the stay may be quickly erased, the emotional response remains - even if the person cannot quite articulate what's behind the pleasant feeling.

Commented neuropsychology graduate Justin Feistein: "Telling them a simple joke, calling them up on the phone, giving them a visit, could actually have these enormous positive benefits."