Kate Swaffer comment got me thinking about quotes to live by, which motivated these thoughts about living in the moment.
These are things that were applicable for ME this year, so it is possible they might be helpful for someone else.)
Newest challenge is lack of word recognition. Words flow over me and around me, but I do not recognize them.
… It occurred to me that I felt like “Little Chicken” in the book, and maybe should walk up to each table asking, “Are you my husband?” It was a very scary, ALONE feeling …
One of our daughters regularly reminds us that it may be a slower process but it is almost always better to give alternatives, redirect, or to … turn the behavior upside-down and request the OPPOSITE behavior.
… I couldn’t even put together the words to ask what I needed …
Those members of my medical team who have gotten to know me well have seen a slow decline in these four years,
SUMMARY: Erase/re-write skills are malfunctioning, so I am poor at task-transition. Suggest pre-planning with steps involved. While project is on-going, whenever a change in task or physical location is going to take place, verbally state “Now (my name) we are going to change task/location …” … then pause before instructions for next step. … *** … *** … *** … DETAIL […]
I still think term ‘sufferer’ gives teaching opportunity to say; “Did you realize this term has such a wide variety of usage meaning that it is currently polarizing the PWD and ‘care’ sector?”
Be willing to invest NOW in learning communication skills for the later stages, so that you can more easily discern the language spoken in the “fading” communications of late-stage dementia … because relationships are what make life worth living.