A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each element of somebody s lifestyles. The problem of speaking options and emotions could be made even tougher by means of different people's unfavorable perceptions of dementia.

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Being more objective about what happened can keep you from thinking that if one thing goes wrong, then everything is negative. More objective thinking will help you not blame yourself or feel overly negative. Avoid all-or-nothing thinking Using words such as “should” and “shouldn’t” often happens as you interact with other people. Others may tend to blame you or put you in a position where you feel responsible when you do not live up to their expectations. A very real example of this was shared in our support group.

Family relationships Within your family, you may have many roles: parent, sibling, or grandparent. You can continue in these roles even though you have memory loss. Sometimes fear of failing may cause you to avoid family activities. It is important to recognize and manage your fears to keep an active role in your family. ” One very independent 70-year-old widow I knew, Mabel, lived in an assisted living facility. Mabel loved her daughter and grandchildren dearly, but feared she would say something wrong in front of the grandchildren.

For instance, Ruth was able to cook one dish long after she was not able to prepare a whole 44 / A PERSONAL GUIDE TO LIVING WITH PROGRESSIVE MEMORY LOSS meal. Ruth could have added to social events by bringing a dish to share even after she was not able to host an entire event or meeting. The changes in Ruth’s roles forced on to her by others resulted in Ruth becoming isolated, angry, and sad. These negative outcomes for Ruth could have been prevented if she had taken part in deciding how and when her roles would change.

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