2013 Forget Me Not Writing Contest Winners
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Thoughts on Having Dementia
List of things that upset me
- The time I wasted before I was diagnosed.
- Not being able to tie my tie.
- The loss of being able to spell without a dictionary.
- Friends are afraid for me on my journey thinking it's going right away which causes my being over careful in talking.
- Unable to remember, having to repeatedly read over lines of interest.
- Talking to a new friend and unable to remember his name.
- Having to check all thinking first.
- Making my corrections when I say what I really meant to say.
Tips on coping
- Every day doing one thing that gives me a mental job i.e. reading the sports page, an easy crossword, or a jigsaw puzzle.
- Physical exercise i.e. stretching, walking and ballroom dancing.
- Remember best as I can for today.
- Check my day calendar for times and dates.
- To not complain about the little things.
- Check my medicines make sure they are used daily.
- Thank my caregiver for putting up with me.
- Be honest and loving to my spouse.
What this Illness has Taught Me
- It has taken a while, but this illness has taught me patience.
- I've learned there is always someone who has been where you are and even if they can't make it better they offer a compassionate ear and hope.
- I've learned that the name of the dementia is not as important as my mother's name and preserving her dignity.
- I'm learning that how I communicate is more important than what I have to say especially when you are dealing with dementia.
- Laughing until you cry feels better than crying until someone can make you laugh.
- This illness will reorganize your priorities in life and probably for betterment.
- I've learned how to love the memories of who my mother was while learning to offer my love and understanding to who she is becoming.
- This illness will shake your belief system...you just need to believe you will get through it.
By a son
Everyday Tips for Persons with Dementia
Ideas gathered during Early Stage Information Series
- Don't blame yourself or others for mistakes
- Be involved with planning for future needs
- Instead of driving, walk, ask for help from family/friends/neighbours, take a taxi or bus
- Realize it is not your fault
- Use a big calendar
- Write everything down (i.e. phone messages)
- Know what's really important in life
- Read things more often (i.e. recipe) to make sure
- Use more simple recipes
- Use humour and laughter!
- Buy less expensive cookware (just in case) and eat out if its easier or get Meals on Wheels
- Enjoy have children around and your pets
- Have medications organized and labeled clearly
- Go for a walk to "clear the air" and reduce stress
- Know what you limits are