I saw a post from Bob DeMarco. He has a podcast called Alzheimer’s Reading Room.
It’s very good.
And he posted there about dementia patients wanting to go home.
Why do they want to go home?
Their long-term memory is intact and their short-term memory is gone.
They want to go back to their comfort zone. At the time of their comfort.
Their time of comfort was when they were young.
I’m Filipino, I grew up in the Philippines and my comfort is in the Philippines.
Even if I live comfortably here in the US, still, at the back of my head, my comfort is still where I came from.
My wife, sometimes she gets homesick.
That’s what our dementia patients feel. They want to go back to their place of comfort.
It’s because their long-term memory is intact. It’s like a filing cabinet. When you get dementia, you lose the later years. What’s left is the later years.
So that’s why dementia patients always say that they want to go home.