One of the most challenging things about living with and caring for Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia is finding something positive in the experience. Yet, every day those affected find purpose and meaning in their journeys. And they may even find support in unexpected places.
This post is a collection of those stories. I’m including some I’ve found, and ask that you as a reader if you know a story or have one of your own that you consider sharing it for this blog post. You can leave a comment below with a link to the story if it’s online. Or you can share your story in the comments section. You can even use the contact form to share your story. You don’t have to leave your name, if you prefer to be anonymous or use a “pen name.”
I plan to add stories to this post as an update as I come across them So if you’re reading this after it’s published and know of a caregiving or dementia story that’s uplifting, share it so others can benefit.
So here are three stories to start, with additional ones to be added at the end of this post as they become available.
In this guest post, Blaze (Barbara) Lazarony tells the wonderful story of her mother-in-law Jean who became an artist after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
“Alzheimer’s disease needs to be brought out of the darkness and known as a neurological disease,” Gordon Broom
Since his diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at age 57, Gordon Broom has become an advocate for the people living with it. Read his story by clicking on the above photo or link.
On July 18, 2016 Jann Arden wrote a heartfelt Facebook post about caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s Disease. In two days, it generated 38,000 “Like, Love and Sad” clicks, 9666 shares and 4663 comments! In both the post and the comments there are some very good suggestions on how to make Alzheimer’s and any dementia easier, and how to find meaning, purpose and joy in the journey.
- Jann Arden wrote “…and don’t forget to cry, cause that’ll get you through anything. My mom says it’s God’s lubricant to get you through the tight spots.”
- Karen Smith Gray commented, “Remember to go with your mom into her journey. If she remembers you as a little girl playing with Barbie dolls break out the dolls and start playing.”
- Barbara Webb commented, “…people with dementia due to alzheimer’s find peace in the past. Sit with her, go through them [photo albums], remind her of who the people are. She may remember some, or she may remember others on different days, but if you leave them out for her, it is a place where she can go to find peace.”
- And there are more.
Original Source Jann Arden’s Facebook Post July 18, 2016
Isn’t it great to see there are ways of supporting others you might not expect, and even in Alzheimer’s Disease and other kinds of dementia something positive and even purpose can be discovered?
Share your stories or links in the comments!
To your Happy & Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Global Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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