Can People With Alzheimer’s Still Enjoy Life?

Among the general public, Alzheimer’s is typically considered a horrible, cruel and devastating disease that destroys its “victims,” one that robs them of their very humanity.

When I interviewed several experts on the disease, however, a somewhat different picture emerged. They unanimously agreed that although Alzheimer’s is a terrible disorder, people who have it can and do still have the capacity to enjoy life, even though for those in the later stages of the disease, it may be only for relatively short periods at a time.

According to Virginia Bell and David Troxel, writing in The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care, “Too much attention has been paid to the ‘tragic side’ of Alzheimer’s disease. This is a terrible disease. Yet, by dwelling on the negative it is too easy to victimize people with the illness and settle for lower standards of care.”

I recently interviewed Teepa Snow, nationally renowned

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