Alzheimer’s Is Not Funny — Or Is It?

Via Osocio, a teenage sociopath scams his Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother — and manages to raise the age-old question: are some conditions simply not funny?

Admittedly, a small giggle from me. But I am an unreconstructed ED nurse, remember?

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  1. #1 by jennifermoza on Saturday 05 May 2012 - 1509

    I have to admit that one got a chuckle out of me. I’m not a nurse, but after nearly 15 years of transcribing medical reports–and a lot of ER notes in there–I’ve developed a somewhat dark sense of humor. My mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s and after my youngest was voted prom queen, my daughter never lacked for a topic of interest when visiting grandma who, herself, was a former prom queen. Grandma would ask “what have you been up to missy” and daughter would mention being voted prom queen and to grandma, it was like hearing it the first time, and she naturally wanted to see pictures and hear all about it, right down to the shoes, the flowers, etc.

  2. #3 by Jo on Saturday 05 May 2012 - 1756

    There’s been a lot of alzheimer’s in my family, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have it too. It’s hard enough to have a family member suffering from the disease, so I hope, if I get it, my family can at least get a good laugh out of it :)

  3. #4 by May on Sunday 06 May 2012 - 2249

    lol Good ad.

    My mom had another form of dementia, and would not have minded that some aspects of it were, well… good :) She liked hearing my boring stories over and over. She could not recall that she had terminal cancer (no fear, and mostly no pain), that she’d been widowed by suicide for decades, or that my son had passed away. And she was certain that I was 16. Oh, to be 16 again :)

  4. #5 by artdoctorii on Monday 07 May 2012 - 1018

    Aspects of AD are funny—It’s funny when my grandmother says things like, “I’m not going to eat that” and then she drinks her entire glass of chocolate milk like she just ran a marathon. Then it’s really funny, because I remember that she always loved chocolate milk, and would never eat macaroni and cheese before she got sick.

    It’s funny when my grandfather smiles after I sing songs to him that he used to sing to me when I was younger, because he used to always finish the song when I tried to sing it to him, and now he can just smile when he hears it. I guess that’s not funny, but it’s just nice.

    It’s not funny that both of my grandparents have AD, one on my mother’s side, one on my father’s side; that all my grandfather can do to acknowledge you is smile and cry; that neither of them have a true diagnosis of the form of Dementia that they really have. I think it’s good to laugh at the funny aspects of AD, but also think that it’s really scary when people laugh at the sad and devastating aspects of AD because people with AD are still people; they still have feelings that can be reinforced. This video is a good example of pure financial elder abuse, and it’s not funny to me.

    • #6 by torontoemerg on Tuesday 08 May 2012 - 0910

      I think it’s good to laugh at the funny aspects of AD, but also think that it’s really scary when people laugh at the sad and devastating aspects of AD because people with AD are still people; they still have feelings that can be reinforced. This video is a good example of pure financial elder abuse, and it’s not funny to me.

      Hey nice to see you again. ANd thanks for another point of view — I hadn’t considered that — so maybe the ad has a bit of a bite?

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