What about the person with Dementia
Some people write their Dementia personal stories: this post is a small part of mine. In regards to my mother and how she felt when finally given a diagnosis of Alzheimers Dementia.
Do ask your Specialist as many questions as you can.
Read here about my Mother and the Insidious Disease Alzheimers Dementia
Mom had just had a Spinal operation on her lower back.
The hospital were not coping with my mother! She had Dementia we were told! Really!
We had been told that mom did not have Alzheimers Dementia.I wrote about this here Do Doctors Diagnose Dementia.
Misdiagnosis by Specialist certainly was!
It was now up to dad and me to tell mum the truth that she did indeed have Alzheimers Dementia. This after months earlier being told that she did not have Dementia.
Certainly not a pleasant task: taking into account that she was also recovering from a major operation.
What about The Person With Dementia
Shock and then anger, disbelief and the tears. We were trying to explain how the fool of a gerontologist specialist many months previous, had misled us all.
I mean this is a terminal illness we are talking about here. A progressive disease.
Fear of the unknown: describes really the way my mother reacted and how other people would react to her in the later stages
For me the saddest part of Dementia is when the person is still very much aware: aware of forgetting, becoming irritated,angry.
Did you know there are over 100 different types of Dementia.
Living Well With Dementia
I felt there was a way to make it easier for mom: I was fortunate working in Aged Care. I had studied many in depth courses on all types of Dementia,treatments and diet.
Rather than discuss the negative aspects we discussed the importance of keeping mom healthy and her body and brain active.
I feel positivity helped ease mums fears.
You can live beyond the diagnosis of Dementia
Recommended books on Dementia
Author Kate Swaffer has written this in an amazing book called “What The Hell Happened TO My Brain.”
If you have Dementia this book is for you. If you live with someone with Dementia this book is an amazing insight.
In her book “What the hell happened to my brain” Author Kate Swaffer wrote. (page 74) It is clear everyone responds to the diagnosis in their own way, and many find this diagnosis particularly difficult to come to terms with.
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