1. Do you know anyone who has Alzheimer’s, or who died of Alzheimer’s? If so, what were the circumstances?
  2. What helped the most in the situation? What was the hardest?
  3. What do you think about Rich Castillo’s statement that caring for his mother became easier when he realized that his mother was like a young girl, rather than the mother he remembered? And that she wasn’t going to get well.
  4. What do think about Bill Fisher’s statement that early detection of Alzheimer’s is important because it allows people to help plan for their future when they won’t be able to care for themselves?
  5. Have you had experience in telling the difference between Alzheimer’s and normal forgetfulness that comes with age?
  6. What do you think about the attitude of some that spending money on Alzheimer’s isn’t wise because the people will just die anyway?
  7. Can you think of someone you will tell about the Alzheimer’s Association and its support groups?
  8. Can you think of yourself caring for someone with Alzheimer’s at home, or would you prefer a care facility? What would make the difference?
  9. What kind of help can a minister offer to someone who has Alzheimer’s? To their care giver? What would you find most helpful? Ex: prayers, rituals, presence, memorial service planning, …

Notes: For resources see: Resources for Alzheimer’s