On this Valentine’s Day weekend, my thoughts go out to those whose spouse or partner has dementia. The love you have for your loved one is extra special, as you love with double measure – you love them and you love for them, when they can’t love any longer. When I visited my parents in… Read More Love and Dementia
Happy New Year to all in this community who have a loved one living with dementia. My wish for you this year is for inner strength, peace of mind and wisdom. At the start of a new year, you are perhaps dealing with one of the big difficulties when your loved one has dementia –… Read More Facing the Unknown of Dementia
I have jotted some thoughts and ideas below based on my reflections on the last two Christmases with my parents when they had dementia, before they passed away. 1. Adjust expectations The second last Christmas was when they were still at home. It was three years ago so a little distant in my memory, but… Read More Four Ideas to Create Special Memories with your Loved one Living with Dementia this Christmas
The answer to this question will be as varied as the number of people it applies to. Every individual person and family is different. A member of our Facebook community asked this question recently, so I thought I would do some research as well as share my experiences and thoughts with you all, with the… Read More How long can my loved one with dementia stay at home alone?
Here is an excellent article if you are facing anger and aggression in your loved one with dementia. I was blessed to have almost the opposite. The dementia brought a new positivity to my Mum who had experienced a lot of extreme stress and the dementia brought a kind of oblivious contentment. My Dad also… Read More Anger and Aggression Caused by Dementia
Grief is a wave that can come crashing in at any time. Ordinarily we think of grief as a process experienced when someone dies. With Dementia, the grieving process starts at the beginning and continues whilst your loved one is alive and deteriorating, as well as following their death. The Irish Hospice Foundation say this:… Read More A Different Type of Grieving Process
What an incredible and generous idea! Spiritual Eldercare Blogger, Elisa Bosley, has been working on a ‘labour of love’ project. She says, “While doing chaplain work, I realized that there were no downloadable singalong hymns for people with dementia anywhere online, let alone for for free – so I decided to create them myself.” The project has… Read More Music for Dementia – Free Christmas Carols Designed Specifically for Dementia