Giving someone with Alzheimer’s their purse with simple things inside keeps them busy. Cristina carries her wallet with her husband’s photograph inside. She likes looking at it. She will go through her wallet and continuously pull things out and put them back in. She also has a Rubik cube she can play with. She doesn’t know what it does, but it’s something that keeps her busy.
Alzheimer’s does have a meaner side, however. When she gets angry she’ll hit her caregivers with her purse, but you can’t take it away from her because it will upset her even more. Her purse is everything to her at this stage of her disease.