it seems... familiar, somehow.
March 30, 2014 4:35 PM   Subscribe

My father has Alzheimer's and this made me cry.
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl at 5:02 PM on March 30, 2014

My mom died with Alzheimer's and my dad is descending into senile dementia. If only it was that calm and artistic...
posted by jim in austin at 5:11 PM on March 30, 2014

oh god... i feel like that sometimes. Not like, bad. but, the whole "This color is nice and I don't remember why" basically describes me at least once a day.
posted by rebent at 5:58 PM on March 30, 2014

Now I know what it's like to get Alzheimer's while trapped inside Amélie

...sorry, whistling past the graveyard there. That was pretty depressing. Some really interesting art stuff going on there, too.
posted by threeants at 6:27 PM on March 30, 2014

Slate recently ran a gorgeous mini-memoir by an author with dementia from microvascular disease that's well worth reading.
posted by Pfardentrott at 7:00 PM on March 30, 2014 [2 favorites]

Yeah...The first time I played this, a couple of months ago, it wasn't explained up-front what the basis of the game was, but very quickly it sank in what was happening, and it got really hard to keep playing, as my mother has Alzheimers and this is a lot like how I imagine much of her day being like. Or, maybe how I wish her day is like, because the game is far more calm and restive than real life. Her days, unfortunately, are filled with a lot of panic and worry and sometimes anger, and sometimes simply outright hallucination.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:52 AM on March 31, 2014

I only played for a few moments and wish that I thought living with Alzheimer's was as peaceful as it seemed in this game. This was not how it appeared when my mom began to outwardly display symptoms that she had previously been able to keep hidden. She was terrified and angry. The cognitive impairments are the main things people think about it when they think of Alzheimer's, but it's so much more horrible than that.
posted by missmerrymack at 10:52 AM on March 31, 2014

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