Alzheimer's patients may not remember your jokes, but tell them anyway
University of Iowa researchers studied five brain-damaged patients suffering from amnesia, asking them to watch emotion-filled film clips and then later questioning them about the clips and about the feelings evoked by them. In what was not a surprise, the amnesiacs could remember very little of what they'd seen. In what was more of a surprise -- and more relevant -- the emotions lingered.
Because the hippocampus is affected in severe amnesia and in Alzheimer's disease, the same likely holds true for Alzheimer's patients, the researchers reported.
Of note: Both happiness and sadness hung around for a while.
Plus, tips from the Alzheimer's Assn. on communicating with people who have dementia.
And more communication advice from EverydayHealth.com.
For people with dementia, anything to build happiness can't be a bad thing.
-- Tami Dennis
Credit: Los Angeles Times