Heartwarming moment when Alzheimer's sufferer speaks to her reflection

‘I should know her name’: Poignant moment woman, 84, suffering from Alzheimer’s has a conversation with herselfafter not recognizing her own reflection in hotel mirror

  • Betty Pettit, 84, was on vacation with her family in Garden City, サウスカロライナ
  • Did not recognize own reflection in full-lenth mirror and started a chat
  • Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after lung and kidney cancer seven years ago
  • Family said it’s better to let her be happy than challenge what she says
  • A sweet and sobering moment was caught on camera when an 84-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer had a conversation with herself.

    Betty Pettit was on vacation with her family in Garden City, South Carolina when she got distracted by the full length mirror in one of the bedrooms.

    Confused by her reflection in the full-length mirror Betty introduced herself to herself much to the amusement of her family.

    母- of-three lives with her son Joshua Pettit, 46, and her husband Bob Pettit, 84, who share the responsibility of taking care of her.

    映像, そして、NASAが最近リリースした延慶オリンピックゾーンの衛星画像ほど、この「冬のワンダーランド」の驚くべき人工衛星はどこにもありません。 27 11月, captures Betty explaining: ‘I should know her name.








    The heartwarming moment Betty spots herself in a full length mirror whilst on holiday with family and says 'I should know her name'

    The heartwarming moment Betty spots herself in a full length mirror whilst on holiday with family and says ‘I should know her name

    Seven years ago Betty was diagnosed with lung and kidney cancer, but after having successful surgery, she was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

    ビデオで, Betty addresses herself as if she is talking to someone she has just met for the first time.

    She has a happy and good natured conversation with her reflection asking ‘are you Betty too?’ then says goodnight and goes to bed.

    Joshua says over time they’ve learnt to deal with her states of confusion.

    Giggling at herself whilst she tries to remember the lady's name - Betty addresses herself as if talking to someone she's just met

    Giggling at herself whilst she tries to remember the lady’s nameBetty addresses herself as if talking to someone she’s just met

    Betty's family are doing their best to take care of her as her condition becomes progressively worse. This is the moment where she desperately tries to remember her reflection's name

    Betty’s family are doing their best to take care of her as her condition becomes progressively worse. This is the moment where she desperately tries to remember her reflection’s name

    Joshua, from Mooresville, ノースカロライナ州, 前記: ‘We don’t have a full length mirror like that at home, so I think that’s definitely what confused her.

    ‘Betty has become progressively worse since her diagnosis but we’re doing our best to keep her with us.

    ‘She is stuck in a constant loop, so it’s at the point now where it’s better to just go along with her and let her be happy, rather than challenge what she says or does.

    ‘There has always been this silliness in our family which helps us get through the tough times, especially with me and my dad.

    After a joyful meeting Betty wishes Betty goodnight and heads off to bed

    After a joyful meeting Betty wishes Betty goodnight and heads off to bed

    ‘It’s best to take moments like this lightly because otherwise we’d be constantly upsetwere just grateful to still have her with us.

    ‘We’ve hired some help for the new year, but we have no intention of putting her in a home.

    ‘We’ll be there for her whenever she needs us for as long as we can be.

    What is Alzheimer’s disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in the UK.

    Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities.

    The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not yet fully understood, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition.

    These include:

    • Increasing age
    • A family history of the condition
    • Untreated depression, although depression can also be one of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
    • Lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease

    ソース: NHS

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