Alzheimer's Disease, A Humanitarian Crisis That Leaves Patients Needing Asylum

By Jason Karlawish, MD, from Forbes.

October 5, 2016

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Depth of dusk, a husband and wife tend to the day’s quotidian kitchen chores. He tries to help, but, of late, the house where he’s lived with her for some 50 or more years has become an uncomfortable space. He sets down the plate he’s struggling to put away, and she is, for a moment, relieved, but then she’s not because he says to her “I want to go home.”

The bedroom, the bath and the kitchen–these intimate spaces make a house a home, and this man, my patient, wanted to leave his.