Dementia: ‘Communication’ – a post you should read

There are some blogs that are of immense importance to the education of the general public.   How would you understand what it is like to live with Dementia unless we tell you?

Nobody is immune to this disease and it is scary to wonder if you will be next to start noticing that things might not be right.

Truthful Loving Kindness (her legal name) is one of a growing number of inspirational people who work to bring awareness of living with Dementia.  She is a lovely person whom I have talked with in a Memory Cafe online with Dementia Mentors.  Her blog is very informative; she has worked hard to make it so.

Her latest post is about communicating with someone with dementia – forget what you think you know, read this to understand more.   To read this excellent post click below:

Truthful Kindness

I hope you will find it educational and beneficial as much as I did.

 

Author: Gill

I read books and review them. Books are my escape. I have always loved books. I write a blog, I get involved where and when I can in things I feel that are important. I also have Alzheimer's Disease but it does not define who I am. I am in the early stages so you may not notice. So, I will tell you how it is.

5 thoughts on “Dementia: ‘Communication’ – a post you should read”

  1. Thanks for sharing the link. I found much of it actually applied to myself (and why I don’t socialise) so printed it off to share (if I need to).

    I’m dreading Christmas Day as my 88 yr old Father talks non-stop and my younger brother is bringing a female friend who I have never met before – hopefully everyone else will do the talking. Only 4 of us but I can’t ‘host’ social stuff (but then I never liked being a hostess as a single person in my whole adult life………meaning this anti-social attitude is not new).

    But I chose to have my elderly Father and my (newly) separated younger brother. Interestingly, all of us are solitary in nature. Maybe the 4th person will keep the conversation going.

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  2. I’m so glad it is of interest to you Vicki, I know Truthful will be pleased to know how her information is valuable. She certainly put into words the things I want to say sometimes to people. I empathise with you about Christmas gatherings scares the heck out of me, the thought of people jabbering on more than my brain can take. These events can be so stressful when you struggle with mental disability of any kind. You are very brave to have invited everyone, perhaps you can take yourself off for a bit of ‘quiet’ time to make it more comfortable?

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  3. This would have been so useful to have had when my dad was in the early stages of dementia. There were times when instead of leaving time in which he could formulate his next sentence we rushed to fill the silence – and so he would lose the thread of what he was trying to say. We learned in time. Making eye contact in the later stages often required crouching down because he couldn’t lift his head.
    We had lots of support from Alzheimer organisations but I feel we were always one step behind in our knowldege, rather than knowing in advance how to prepare for the next stage.

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  4. Hopefully Mary, we can really get some education out about what it is to live with Dementia. Even with the knowledge coping with someone with dementia can be emotionally difficult, doing ones best is always a good start.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Mary. 🙂

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