Review: My father-in-law used to handle all the finances of our family as he was the head of the family. Since last few months I have had bitter
experiences with him as he used to forget various important things like whether he gave me money for the house expenditure for the month or not. It was difficult for me
to prove my point against people in the family initially till almost every member of the family witnessed something like this with him. It was difficult for all of us
to take away all the accounts from him in no time, as we all are used to this methodology. Initially we thought it is just a matter of his age and it is normal, when
there used to be incidents where he failed to recognize my mother-in-law too! On this incident she broke out with tears as it was a tough moment for her when love of
her life for last 60 years failed to recognize her.
We called our family doctor for discussing his disorder and after various tests he confirmed that my father-in-law was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This is a
disease where in patients forget various things or even episodes of their life, struggle to find right words or names in their conversation or feeling lost. The doctor
prescribed us Aricept 5 mg for his initial dosage which we use to give him at night. After about a week of its usage, we now feel that though the medicine is not able
to cure his disorder but definitely slower the progression of his symptoms. He is now again able to write accounts of our family without much of a glitch, and the
instances of forgetting names of family members have noticeably declined. I can see a wide smile on my mother-in-law’s face again as she has again started finding her
place in his life. Of course Dad no more fails to recognize her at least!