Professionals (especially medical professionals) need E.M.T. for direct interaction with Persons With Dementia …
These are things that were applicable for ME this year, so it is possible they might be helpful for someone else.)
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 […]
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.
I have been admonished by more than one person; told that it is inappropriate for me to use the term “suffering” in connection with my dementia symptoms … but … Each of us SHOULD be allowed to describe our dementia symptom experiences, and describe them without fear of reprisal for the sake of political-correctness.
“Music is Connection (despite dementia symptoms): to myself, to others, and to the unseen rhythms connecting each living entity.”
Remember when Teepa Snow had us put our hands in front of forehead, then illustrated impulse filter? Well lately I am seeing that demonstrated in my own life; my impulse-control is getting a hole in it. …This is really devastating. My iron-strong stubbornness of self-control is a big part of my personhood. Can I still BE reliable Truthful Loving Kindness .. if I cannot even rely on myself?
This is really devastating. My iron-strong stubbornness of self-control is a big part of my personhood. Can I still BE reliable Truthful Loving Kindness .. if I cannot even rely on myself? As far as talking, it comes back to what I said three months ago; the only secrets I know I can keep … are the ones I forget. So again; if you don’t want me to spill the beans … don’t put them in the pot !
Sooner or later this frontal-lobe filter will fail; that is an accepted part of this path and almost inevitable. … It is not that I do not enjoy time spent with friends I have developed in these groups. It is not that I do not value their friendship, I just cannot afford extra stress from the “privacy” aspect of group. … if you don’t want me to spill the beans, don’t put them in the pot.
Clarity of Thought: “I am not stupid, but at this rate my bits of brilliant insight will be scattered across space … like the sparkling milky way.” — TLK
Tru here. Please remember, each person’s experience with dementia can be widely different. Not only are there many different kinds of dementia (with Alzheimer’s in the lead), but some doctors say that most people with dementia have a mixture of several types of dementia, each in different amounts. Additionally, individual personality, motivations and life experiences create unique dementia […]