Father With Alzheimer’s Briefly Regains Speech With Help From Dog
For the past six months or so, Charles Sasser has gradually stopped speaking as a result of his advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. However, all of that briefly changed during a recent weekend trip to his daughter, Lisa Abeyta’s house, and time spent with the family dog.
According to Abeyta’s blog, “My parents have two dogs in their home, one of which, Molly, is my father’s constant companion. More than once, I’ve watched him coo and talk to Molly even as his ability to form sentences and find the words he needs to communicate has deteriorated.”
When Sasser got to his daughter’s house, Abeyta said her dog, Roscoe, greeted him at the door. “For the next hour, my father petted and talked to Roscoe. Not wanting to lose the memory of the moment, I filmed a few moments of his interaction with our dog, amazed at the clarity of my father’s words.”