Bob managed a hardware in his last career. He was a "I can build anything fix anything" type of a guy. Sheri bought some puzzles designed for Alzheimer and Dementia victims. A 36 piece puzzle with huge pieces. When Bob started it he said "well with the size of these pieces this should be easy." An hour into the puzzle Bob said "well this is a little trickier than it looks." Bob has no self awareness of his disease, hence no understanding of why a 36 piece puzzle is difficult for him. It took "Al" 2 1/2 hours...Sheri watched and guided him struggling to build the frame of the puzzle first (something Bob had always encouraged the kids to do) but "they" got the 36 piece puzzle of a train together with great pride.
Sheri was pleased, and it got "Al's the handy is gone out of the man" stamp of approval :)
This blog is about life with my husband who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and Frontal Lobe Dementia in 2008. He was 64 at the time although now, knowing more about the disease, Alzheimer's was present many, many years ago, which is why early detection is so important. As you read the blog the character"Al" that I created in 2008 represents the way that Alzheimer's is invading our daily lives.