Refreshingly, there are some wonderfully helpful bloggers doing explainers for dementia with an eye towards how how friends and relatives of the afflicted can deal with the disease.
Dementia is a heartbreaking disease, whether it be as part of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or just part of the aging process.
A relationship with a dementia sufferer is awkward. You will have normal conversations with them at times, giving the impression that nothing is amiss. Then as the symptoms progress, a sort of detachment seeps in as you patiently answer the same question for them over and over. A sadness begins to underline your interactions, often punctuated by the shock of sudden unexplained fits of anger.
Helping your family understand dementia is often just as frustrating. it’s not about you or even the afflicted. It’s just the disease taking hold. And the slow turning of dementia as it grinds away at the very essence of the person you love is also tough for other family members and friends as the sufferer is consumed by symptoms.
So I’ve left some links below to a few recent blogs that have helped me understand and explain what it’s like to interact with – and love – someone with dementia.
I help my clients prepare for such unfortunate life circumstances by ensuring that they have a will and powers of attorney in place. These and other legal instruments ensure that you will be dealt with according to your wishes when and if necessary.
If you haven’t put such measures in place, please get in touch. Or if you just want to review your current will and related measures, we’d be happy to talk with you.
Here are the links to two recent blogs about dementia that I found helpful. I hope you do too.