"I eat Jeni’s Ice Cream, chocolate chip. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream. By the way, I have a whole refrigerator full upstairs. You think I’m kidding, I’m not.”
So why would his handlers / nurses tell him there was ice cream downstairs? Writer Athena Thorne has unearthed at tract published by the Alzheimer's Association entitled “The Power of Ice Cream.”
It's a real tract. This is not a joke. From the tract:
Ice cream has the power to immediately elicit soothing feelings at the very first taste of a single spoon-full. It erases all the negative feelings related to the frustration and continues to stimulate pleasure receptors in the brain with every new scoop. And dementia (here is the best part!) allows one to fully enjoy the treat, with no concerns for calories, weight gain or dietary needs, completely guilt free! For people with dementia, ice cream is far more effective and safe than Prozac, or any other “happy” drug on the market!
For Joe's handlers / nurses, here's good advice from the tract:
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, find out what flavor is their absolute favorite and NEVER RUN OUT OF ICE CREAM!
For the rest of you, time to go to your safe place.