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May 7, 2008

“Are you dead yet,” he repeatedly said!

Elderly Woman Recovering After Hammer Attack

“He attacked her with the hammer.  I think the neighbor heard her scream and I think she was able to get to the phone and call 911 to say he’s killing me with the hammer and that’s all she said,” her brother, David Figueroa, said.

Neighbors on the quiet street were shocked by the news.  Alma’s brother says out of the public eye, Calvin’s dementia was changing his behavior.

“Well, he has Amzheimer’s and he’s been acting up for a number of years.  Not this bad, but he acted up before,” he said.

The Alzheimer’s Association knows that violence is not out of character for an unpredictable disease.

“A person may lash out at a hallucination that they don’t understand or try to protect themselves, so it’s very important for the family to monitor the situation,” said Cass Naugle, the Alzheimer Association’s executive director.

Forty percent of Alzheimer’s patients have some form of psychosis.  Outbursts can be triggered by just about anything.  Families should keep track of behaviors and share with doctors.

“You can’t aways predict, you can’t anticipate that something like this will happen,” Naugle said.

The Alzheimer’s Association says now they’re worried about Calvin Payne, who’s sitting in jail.  They say an Alzheimer’s patient should not be thrown in with other inmates when he needs medication and a regular schedule.

Alma continues to recover from the beating.  She lost one eye Monday evening.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. stlboyz911 permalink
    May 8, 2008 3:38 pm

    thats f*ed up

  2. Ms. Mimi permalink
    May 9, 2008 1:56 pm

    Man thats messed up. Can you imagine if that was your people. He don’t need to be in jail he needs to be in a medical treatment jail.


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