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How long is short-term memory?

Posted May 07 2010 7:15am

As Alzheimers progresses into the later middle stage, the short term memory span is reduced to seconds. If they turn their head away while you’re talking, they won’t remember a thing you said when they look back. Not every time, but Sometimes. The key to caregiving an Alzheimer’s patient is to always expect the unexpected. Things never stay the same. Memories come and go, Behaviors fluctuate from one day to the next.

The most exasperating thing about Alzheimers is that it isn’t always the same. You might tell them one thing and it’s forgotten in the breadth of seconds. Yet, something else will be stored and remembered for months and months. You never know which tidbit of information will be remembered and which forgotten.

It’s so exasperating that you feel compelled to share the outrageous stories of their behavior. Find an Alzheimers Form Online, or Support Group in your local area, or a Family Member who understands. Talk to someone. You have to take care of yourself also, and venting is part of surviving the caregiving responsibilities. But share your stories with someone who will care and understand. You need someone with a caring personality and kind ear. Not criticism for the way you’re coping.

~Sandy

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