Those of you who have ever dealt with an Alzheimer's patient will understand what it is like to just get one out of the house to go somewhere. No matter how far ahead you plan or how far ahead you tell them that they need to get ready, of course they don't remember any of it. So it is up to us care partners to monitor the progress step by step and some days all goes well. And then some days you grit your teeth and wonder if we will ever get in the car after his insistence on checking this and that again and again or missing something.
But we made it to our great granddaughter's first birthday party today only a little late and he had a great time. He enjoys watching babies and little children. He is shy about holding babies as I think he knows he might not be able to catch them if they wiggle but he loves getting down on the floor with them. It was a wonderful afternoon seeing him having a good time and eating cake and ice cream. These joys make all the effort so worthwhile. I have to remind myself of that when I'm saying for the fifth time, "We are going to Kinsey's birthday party." after he asks where we are going.