What about the person with Dementia
You know often the concentration of these posts about the person with Dementia is on the Care Giver. Don’t get me wrong! it certainly deserves to be, especially when that person is a family member. Some people write their Dementia personal stories,this post is a small part of mine in regards to my mother and how she felt.
Dementia tests diagnosis, so much information is available for the Carer and Dementia but today I want to tell you how my mother reacted.
Do ask your Specialist as many questions as you can.
My Mother and the Insidious Disease Alzheimers Dementia
The hospital were not coping with my mother at all well, For she had Dementia we were told! Mom had just had a Spinal operation on her lower back.
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.
Shock and then anger, disbelief and the tears. We were trying to explain how the fool of a gerontologist 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. For me the saddest part of Dementia is when the person is aware of forgetting, becoming irritated,angry.
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. Exercise: I believe in the early stages of Dementia and moms daily walking of the family dog would provide stimulation. Encouragement to keep up attending the clubs she belonged too. Mom loved playing Lawn Bowls and was able to remain playing for a long time.
I feel positivity helped ease mums fears.
You can live beyond the diagnosis of Dementia
You can live beyond the diagnosis of 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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