While it is challenging and often interesting, I simply cannot recommend playing the Alzheimer’s edition of find the old lady in the snowstorm. It's an extremely frustrating game, made even more so when the family telephone is out of order and you're attempting to play this game from 1000 miles away.
The snowstorm addition to the base game, finding the old lady, makes it much more challenging, and I can only recommend it for those with a strong constitution and good frame of mind. Also, it is a co-op and as such is prone to excessive leading by strong personalities, sometimes to the detriment of the results. You need to stay creative and nimble in order to win this game, and everyone’s contributions need to be considered equally.
This game can be lengthy, too, often taking several hours to play, sometimes days or weeks, even. Fortunately we got lucky and my game only lasted for several hours, with the old lady finally located wandering the grounds of the local high school. Now there’s a tabloid headline brewing, if I ever saw one!
Elderly woman found prowling local high school!
So we won the game, this time, and my mother was found by a neighbor and returned unharmed, no falls, no slips on the ice, no frozen limbs. I think I have convinced my father to add the expansion, Safe Return Bracelet, which should make future games a bit easier and maybe go a bit faster too, as well as make some internal changes to their house that should help (like childproof the front and back door knobs, add a slip lock above eye level to the doors too, and stuff like that).
But really, in the end, I can only recommend playing this game if you really, really have to; it’s not for the faint of heart.
Yeah, my aunt and uncle got to play this game when my grandma stayed with them on their rural acreage after Thanksgiving a year ago - while the game does an admirable job of creating tension, the potential risks make this a game to leave on the shelf
I once played a kind of Scotland Yard with my father, who has dementia. Every few minutes he would call me "I am now in tube station xxx, obviously the train has been running in the wrong direction!" - until I managed to catch up with him.
Hah! Who says negative reviews aren't accepted on the geek?! I think I've just proven that wrong.
...Every few minutes he would call me "I am now in tube station xxx, obviously the train has been running in the wrong direction!" - until I managed to catch up with him.
A roll and move with hidden identities! Yes, a challenging version indeed!
Thanks, everyone, for the sympathy and especially the empathy from those of you who have played a version of this game already. Alzheimer's is one disease where you really need to keep a sense of humor about a situation to get through it sometimes.
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Hoping I get a ton of thumbs for this approach.
I see what you did there.
Is there an equivalent of Adult Protective Services for Canada?
Yes and no. It varies from Province to Province, and unfortunately the one my folks live in is way behind the times in that regard.