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My mother in-law was diagnosed w/alzhimers 8/09. She is under a dr's care, but forgot her (adult )sons birthday this month. How do I address this w/her?
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Catspets,

Rather than having her feel bad for something that's already happened and certainly wasn't intentional, how about working out a system with her to help prevent it from happening again? Maybe you could set up a large calendar and mark special events for her on it. Then cross off each day as it passes so it helps her with a sense of up-and-coming events.

Perhaps you could even help her by saying things like, "John's birthday is in two weeks. Have you thought about what you'd like to get him?" Then maybe follow up with something like, "John's birthday is next week. Can I help you put a stamp on his birthday card (wrap his gift, etc.)."

You may also want to ask over on the Alzheimer's Exchange with Health Expert Helene Bergman.

Best wishes,


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