Tru here. Have you ever noticed that all of my blogs now begin, “Tru here”? There is a good reason for doing it that way, but I got the idea from Richard; at the time he was beginning all his blog entries with the phrase, “Richard here”. Actually I only spoke personally with him a […]
Tru here. When dealing with dementia symptoms, getting ready for the day can consume much more time and energy than we or our loved ones are prepared for. It can also cause tremendous inner turmoil of emotions, and trying to deal with our emotions in a healthy way consumes EXTRA energy. So please allow plenty of time for the “normal” problems of getting ready for the day, when dealing with dementia symptoms. That alone can lower our frustration levels. Thank you.
These are newest pages that I have posted from persons with dementia symptoms who have shared their lived experience thru words or projects.
(I add the word “symptoms” because not everyone uses the same vocabulary; my collections include pages from those with diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment as well as Alzheimers, Lewy Body, Vascular and other types of “dementia”)
I thank each of you for your generosity of letting the public into your private world ! My hope is that your perspectives can be applied to help and encourage
other patients, care-partners, and professionals.
I was asked to think about what phrases and actions leave Persons With Dementia symptoms feeling left out. … Includes: Phrases that exaggerate my symptoms, Phrases that minimize (invalidate) my symptoms, Phrases that ignore my symptoms, Phrases that minimize (or ignore) my life-expectations, Actions that exaggerate my symptoms, Actions that ignore my symptoms, and Actions that exaggerate my “different-ness” or “alone-ness”.
All of these situations involve showing respect, embracing who the person is, and meeting them at their varied ability levels (because some aspects of abilities are still very high, and some quite low).