By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener
Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each point of somebody s lifestyles. The problem of speaking suggestions and emotions could be made even tougher through different people's unfavorable perceptions of dementia.
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Kitwood include the following. 1. Attachment: Attachment includes a sense of belonging and forming strong bonds with others. Attachments provide a safety net for people with progressive memory loss and allow you to function at your best. 2. Inclusion: Each person with progressive memory loss continues to need to be part of a larger group. Being part of a group allows you to relate to others, expand and grow, and to combat the loneliness that often goes along with memory loss. 3. Occupation: Even in the presence of progressive memory loss, people need to be engaged in activities that are worthwhile and rewarding.
Avoid focusing on the negative One way to deal with your negative responses is to be more objective when mistakes happen—and they will happen. If you make a small mistake, it is helpful to be as objective as you can about it. Try to think about what happened realistically. ” Say to yourself, “I know I have difficulty with my memory. I was focusing on getting where I wanted to go and back home safely. I was trying to make sure that I didn’t forget anybody’s name at the meeting. ” This more realistic response is probably much closer to the truth than your negative feelings.
She also kept herself from assuming a caregiver role. This creative father–daughter pair also kept their relationship alive in other ways. The father with memory loss was very physically active and was an avid bicyclist. To spend quality time together, the pair agreed to bicycle together two to three times a week. After work, the daughter and father would go on long bike rides. During this time, they talked about family matters, his memory loss, and how he was managing day-to-day challenges. For several years, this time together helped to maintain the daughter’s relationship with her father.
A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener