My mom is the middle stage of Alzheimer’s and is still on social media. She looks at her phone all day long. She can no longer read a book (which she used to do daily) because she can’t keep up with the characters.
Facebook is a nightmare. She doesn’t understand how to use it. She sends messages to the wrong people or sends embarrassing articles to everyone. By embarrassing I mean Enquirer/Star magazine level articles. Her comments under posts don’t match the original posts...which really isn’t a big deal....or she’ll group message people (including my church music leader) a personal message to someone else (who isn’t even on the group message) with pics of my kids etc. She was also almost scammed by a man whom she thought was interested in her. She even spoke to him on the phone. :(. I don’t think she ever sent money, but we intercepted as soon as she started talking about it. It was awful and I felt bad for her. She also gets into arguments on FB and makes comments and doesn’t understand that everyone can read her public posts. She gets hurt when we tell her to delete posts. Very hurt.
And then there’s Amazon...she swears her phone is broken... but she has ordered enough candy for the next several Halloween’s....plus 200 rolls of toilet paper to back it up. Not joking. That’s just one day of ordering. There’s much much more.
How do we get her off her phone? It’s all she has. She can’t follow a tv show, but does enjoy the news or maybe a variety show. She has not a single hobby.
She understand her diagnosis and is is aware that something isn’t right. Pretending her phone is lost or broken won’t go over well.