"I know people who refuse to visit a family member in the nursing home. They say it’s too difficult to see Grandpa that way. They’d prefer to remember him the way he was, not the way he is now. They mention the sights and smells and it disturbs them. I understand those sentiments. But I believe it’s a mistake not to go."
Here is a beautiful, personal essay on living with and loving someone with dementia.
The "new thinking" on caring for people with dementia is a shift from exclusively a "tragedy" narrative to one that honors, respects, and continues to celebrate the life that the person is still living. Life's different with dementia, but it's still a life and it can still be a good life.
This essay not only illustrates that this is possible, but it also shows us with personal examples how to do it.
Greg Lhamon is a friend and a client and one of the best radio and media executives I know ... He's also a wonderful writer and a die-hard Cardinals baseball fan.
CLICK HERE or on the link or photo below to read Greg's story...
"Step into their world". It's a key premise of improv comedy, and it's how you can effectively communicate with people who have Alzheimer's or dementia. You can't say, "No", or question the premise. You say, "Yes, and ..." Actors Karen Stobbe and her husband Mondy stumbled on a skill they have that is incredibly useful in communicating with Karen's mother who has Alzheimer's – improv.
The public radio program "This American Life" recently featured the Stobbes and their use of improv to improve their lives as caregivers. My favorite excerpt:
GIVE IT A LISTEN!
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