My husband is still pastoring our church and when we do visitation he greets the people then leaves me to carry the conversation. Is anyone else experiencing this with your loved one?
My husband loved to talk in his good days but since he has become afflicted with this horrible disease he hardly ever speaks a word. I have had to carry all conversation myself. He does not even respond to questions and does not even seem to understand what is being asked.I miss our communication and conversations but am getting used to this being absent in our life now. This is part of the illness as he is unable to focus enough to formulate what was said to him let alone figure out how to respond. He also can no longer speak for himself to let anyone know hat he wants or needs. It is a guessing game. I sometimes will sing songs that he knows and he will fill in a few words here and there but never the whole sentence. Sad! Keep strong and remember this could go on for many years yet. This is 20 years for us.
My husband does not engage in conversation any longer. He does his best to respond to questions and/or request. At times he tries to engage, but usually in a babbled language. He does at times speak clear, very short attempts at sentences.
Bless both your hearts!! My husband has always been a "loner" and while we don't socialize, he has always encouraged me to have friends....more important then ever to me now. He, unfortunately tends to get mad at things but does forget it minutes! I just don't respond to his anger and try to divert to something else which usually works.
I read where people with Alz do not lose their sense of humor. I hope and pray that is true. I try to keep dad smiling and laughing daily. So far, so good!🙏
Understanding and keeping up with a conversation is very difficult for them. When my husband was first tested, it was short term memory and processing speed that was most impacted. Conversation now is almost never. Every once in awhile, a one liner will pop out which he was a master at. Laughing is still present but not always appropriate.