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TOPIC: What dementia has taught me

What dementia has taught me 3 years 7 months ago #222

  • Tommy Dunne
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Having Dementia has taught me that you don't need a Ouija board to communicate with us although some people think you do

Dementia has taught me that minds fade, personality does not, it has taught me that feelings remain even if we’ve forgotten why we feel them

Dementia has taught me that I can either accept it and learn to live life well or I can let it pound me into the ground.. Dementia has taught me that I still have something left to contribute to society, maybe not like I used to, but I can explain what it's like from the inside so that others understand

It's taught me that some people & caregivers tend to focus on the negative aspects of the disease instead of focusing on what the person can do...It's taught me that family Carers need more help than I ever envisaged, they also need to understand how we change. Don't take take what we say personally. While we may look healthy it's important to bear in mind that We are sick and don’t really mean it

Dementia has taught me the importance of living in the moment & how people are letting life slip by by trying to live in the past/future and that No two minutes are alike.
Carers should adjust to the fact that they will not get gratitude from the person with dementia, dementia taught me that the heart remembers long after the mind forgets & that people are more important than possessions

Dementia has taught me that some people who have been diagnosed with it are excluded from participating in the social world. The really disabling impact of dementia is due not to the illness itself, but to the reaction that other people have to it.
Dementia taught me that if you really listen to the person with dementia you will learn a lot more than hearsay, it taught me That life is to short so please don't waste it worrying about what was or what is to come.

Tommy
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