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Should I correct my husband when he gets confused about things?

Answered by Karen Garner

February 5, 2015

My husband is 65 and I’m 53. He was diagnosed last year with early onset Alzheimer’s. Am I supposed to correct him when he gets things wrong? For example: I told him I was finished working at 12:30 today (I work from home) and he said “wow you only have a 1/2 left” but it was only 8:00 in the morning.

This has been very difficult for me too! As Jim has progressed, I have learned that I just have to let a lot of things go, including correcting him all the time. He is going to be wrong, a lot, and I have to accept this as part of the disease. I have to stop myself all the time and ask, “Will this really matter 15 minutes from now or 5 years from now?” If the answer is “no”, which it usually is, I must learn to let him think whatever he wants.

It is so difficult to do this when the person you are dealing with used to be able to understand and possibly even correct you! Letting go of the old person and accepting the new one that has showed up in their place is definitely are hard task. Hang in there and take it one moment at a time.

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