My husband is in an early Alzheimer's stage, and on 2 occasions has said he just wants to die. How can I keep him occupied? - AgingCare.com

My husband is in an early Alzheimer's stage, and on 2 occasions has said he just wants to die. How can I keep him occupied?

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This fellow is physically in great shape, strong and healthy, been an athlete all his life, approaching 80 years of age, and was employed in a very competitive job until this past March. How can I keep him occupied all day long as he sits and stares out the window???

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Dad is competent enough that he knows it won't get better. Maybe he wants to spare his family the sadness of seeing him decline.
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I'd ask his doctor about medication. It sounds like he's really down. If his mood improved, he might be more inclined to participate in activities like Babalou describes above.

I know that at one time, my dad, who is in his 70's and active, went to Silver Sneakers. He enjoyed it and it was a way to keep active and socialize with others his age. You could go with him and join in or wait for him.
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Have antidepressants been considered or recommended by a geriatric psychiatrist? Have you spoken to his doctor about these remarks? I think they should be taken seriously.

Is there a reason that he can't play sports? Bowling, golf, basketball all come to mind.
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