Can someone with Alzheimer's forget something then remember it?

A fellow caregiver asked...

Can someone with Alzheimer's  forget something, then remember it after some time?

Expert Answer

A social worker and geriatric consultant who specializes in dementia care, Joyce Simard is based in Land O' Lakes, Florida, and in Prague. She is a well-known speaker and has written two books, one focusing on end-of-life care and the other, entitled The Magic Tape Recorder, explaining aging, memory loss, and how children can be helpers to their elders.

Yes, a person with Alzheimer's can remember things that had been seemingly forgotten for a time.  Their ability to remember may have to do with being tired or frustrated or just being distracted.  Asking about it at another time may produce better results--not so very different from you and I.