The essential is this: if you tell a person his or her best stories of life, and make them available (written, photo-displayed, posted on the ‘puter), then everybody wins: 1) you the caregiver, because you have great stories on your mind and on your lips; 2) the person you care for, who might just surprise you with a story of his or her own; and 3) the people who join your circle of care, who now know how to start the conversation. Everybody wins.
Take care, and stay in touch,
Tryn Rose Seley,Author, 15 Minutes of Fame: One Photo Does Wonders To Bring You Both Back to Solid Ground at www.caregiverheart.com
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First of all, my heart goes out to your mother. This is a huge task she has taken on. I can tell you from study and experience, change is very difficult for folks with Alzheimer’s and often sets them back a bit. However, it’s imperative that your mom has a break and gets her health issues under control. I will also share with you what I am observing as I volunteer in memory care where Mother lived and died. It has been a year and a half since then … many of the same residents are still there – many have passed away. The progression of the residents’ dementia is pronounced and it’s so hard to see that after having been away for many months. I wish now I had removed the meds from Mother much earlier than we did. After a while they cease to be effective. She was actually more comfortable without them. She had been on Aricept, Trazadone and a med for Parkinson’s .. which it turned out she never even had! God Bless.