Always check pockets before donating or discarding clothing, especially when it belonged to someone with Alzheimer’s!
I have written previously about how Dad was obsessed with money. He carried around a bag of change and would dump it on the bed to sort it. He was paranoid people were trying to take his money so he carried around a large wad of bills wherever he went. The staff at the library Dad frequented told me about this, how they would try to tuck it back into his shirt pocket as it threatened to fall out at any moment.
This behavior is common to those with Alzheimer’s. So is stuffing things into the oddest places.
I finally tackled my parents’ clothes closet in earnest. I thought I had gone through my dad’s jacket pockets on a previous trip, knowing full well his tendency to hide things. We found an old family photo under the couch cushion, and I found letters and photos tucked inside junk mail.
I pulled out one particularly heavy and ratty old coat. I set it down on the junk pile and heard what sounded like the jangling of change. At the same time, I saw a bulge in the pocket. I reached in and pulled out a bag of coins, a lighter, and a large wad of bills.
The bill on top was a $100. I could also see dollar bills and foreign currency in the roll. I figured, okay the top bill was a $100, but the rest will probably be smaller bills.
Well, there were a lot of dollar bills and pound notes, but I was shocked to find the wad of bills was worth over $1,800!
This will make a small but noticeable dent in my credit card debt, so I am very grateful to have discovered it.
When caring for those with dementia, what appears to be trash can certainly turn out to be treasure!