JWG's Done and Not Begun March 7, 2011

Wherein JWG relates the tale of a night in Hauppauge.

Zwerglipatch  March 7, 2011  10:38 a.m.

Dad Meyer had a restless night keeping us all awake. We finally got some sleep. We were awoken at five-fifteen this morning by a knock at the front door. Mom Meyer opened the locked door and saw a Policeman. In the Policeman’s car was Dad Meyer. Dad, thinking he had to be at the post office at six-fifteen, had driven out of the yard. Confused, he stopped at a Seven-Eleven near our house. The polite Policeman brought a relieved Dad back home. Needless to say, we were all surprised and shocked by this action on the part of Dad. What will be next??? René and I walked over to fetch his, luckily, unblemished car. I will not go on with this saga as it has no reason. Mom Meyer fretted about what could have happened. I had to constantly reassure her that nothing did happen. Nothing. We will have to be more diligent to Dad’s actions. Our sleep will have to be “lighter”.

At this moment, Dad is sleeping and Mom is looking up insomnia in her health book. Yes, insomnia. That is what we have put up with these days; these Elders are aging — us all — more quickly than we would like.

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Kathleen Ryan May 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I'm a retired police officer. On patrol in the '80s, I found an elderly woman pulling on a locked church door at 2am on a freezing night. She knew her name; her DOB was off by 20 yrs; she lived "down by the water" (it wasn't Northport, as I suspected; she was referring to battery park, where she grew up). Wandering is a telltale sign of Alzheimer's. I ran her name to find her address. I finally found a neighbor who knew her. The wanderer asked, "How's Charlie?" and the neighbor gently replied, "he died 12 years ago." The wanderer lived alone in a boarded-up home to prevent wandering. Social services checked on her once a week. A"silver alert" bracelet program is now available. I wish safe days & nights for Dad Meyer. Kathy Ryan


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