Feel like i am letting everyone down, inside and out of the family.
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.
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 […]
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.
Just because you didn’t see it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Because it DID happen … I saw it !
First of series for Dementia Symptom Tip Posters/ Holiday Confusion: Retain Routine (as much as possible).
Biggest cues for me in recognizing sight of self and loved ones are hair length, hair color, and hair style. … But my most reliable recognition for both spouse and loved ones is not sight; it is sound, and smell. … But even when I no longer recognize loved ones … please do not pull away from time spent together. Relationships are what make life worth living.