After 50 years of cleaning houses and pioneering, my aunt has Dementia and/or Alzheimers Disease.
Now, in her old childless age, (husband passed away 5 years ago and she lives alone) you would think that she would enjoy the company of family. Even though she is geographically 3000 miles away, there are still phones and letters.
Her disease has progressed to the point where she can not remember the names of people she's known for years, much less care for herself physically.
A couple of years ago my dad told me she had some stuffed animals sitting on the sofa and was having a 'Bible Study' with them. She was convinced it was me and my daughter. She was trying to 'bring me back into the truth.'
So every once in a while I call her to say hello and check on her. Her first question?
"Lisa are you still disfellowshipped? If you are you know I can't talk to you. Aunty follows the Bible. You should come back to the Kingdom hall so we can be a big happy family." <vomit break>
Now isn't it amazing that this woman who can't remember almost anything of importance has had this SEARED into her brain. It's a flight-or-fight instinct at this point of her life. If I'm disfellowshipped, she is endangering her very spiritual welfare by talking to me.
This is classic brainwashing at it's worst.