What Is Dementia? | What You Need To Know (bitesize)

How To Help People With Dementia Live Independently

Daniel Esteve

How To Help People With Dementia Live Independently

10/10/2019




What I liked about this Help Sheet:  

  • I re-read this sheet often, especially when I am at a low point.  So yes, I re read it a lot. It reminds me that I am struggling against Dementia, not my loved one.  It re-states the obvious and helps me regain some kind of control by reminding me that everything is, actually, normal…  The new normal.  In this case, regaining control is not controlling events, but understanding them, understanding how they unfold.  Even if you do not really understand them 

 

Key points I extracted from this Help Sheet: 

  • Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. 
  • Key functions affected (my take): memory, languagejudgement and attention.  
  • Different forms of dementia: Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia, Lewy body disease +100s more! 
  • Other illnesses can piggy-back (my words here!) on Dementia. 
  • Confusion is the order of the day, and it is getting worse.  When everything around me is going south, it means that things are as they should be.  If this confuses you, read Pooh Bear.  If that still does not do it, read the Tao of Pooh (quick fast enlightening read).  Then you will be able to understand Pooh bear and, from then on, understand your life and the limits within which you can grow.. 

 

Implications: 

  • I try not to make things worse by adding my own emotional problems. 
  • Naming it (Alzheimer’s or Vascular?) is a dead end.  I am dealing with an individual and, as I have no medical training, knowing what it is exactly does not help me cope with it.  Move on.  Youknowhat will find its Harry Potter, but it is probably not you. 
  • If confusion is the new normal, it reduces my stress level.  Maybe like coping with a toddler?  Confusing, but a behaviour to be expected… 

 

What I do: 

  • Beat myself up every time I give myself a hard time 

More on this subject:

 

Author of this blog (Transparency):   

  • I work for CPR Global Tech and, for personal reasons, like many people, I have had to learn a about dementia the hard way.  As there is a natural forum on our website, it makes sense for me to share info here.  

 

Source:

 https://www.dementia.org.au/files/helpsheets/Helpsheet-AboutDementia01-WhatIsDementia_english.pdf 

 


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What Is Dementia? | What You Need To Know (bitesize)

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by Daniel Esteve

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10/10/2019



What I liked about this Help Sheet:  

  • I re-read this sheet often, especially when I am at a low point.  So yes, I re read it a lot. It reminds me that I am struggling against Dementia, not my loved one.  It re-states the obvious and helps me regain some kind of control by reminding me that everything is, actually, normal…  The new normal.  In this case, regaining control is not controlling events, but understanding them, understanding how they unfold.  Even if you do not really understand them 

 

Key points I extracted from this Help Sheet: 

  • Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. 
  • Key functions affected (my take): memory, languagejudgement and attention.  
  • Different forms of dementia: Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia, Lewy body disease +100s more! 
  • Other illnesses can piggy-back (my words here!) on Dementia. 
  • Confusion is the order of the day, and it is getting worse.  When everything around me is going south, it means that things are as they should be.  If this confuses you, read Pooh Bear.  If that still does not do it, read the Tao of Pooh (quick fast enlightening read).  Then you will be able to understand Pooh bear and, from then on, understand your life and the limits within which you can grow.. 

 

Implications: 

  • I try not to make things worse by adding my own emotional problems. 
  • Naming it (Alzheimer’s or Vascular?) is a dead end.  I am dealing with an individual and, as I have no medical training, knowing what it is exactly does not help me cope with it.  Move on.  Youknowhat will find its Harry Potter, but it is probably not you. 
  • If confusion is the new normal, it reduces my stress level.  Maybe like coping with a toddler?  Confusing, but a behaviour to be expected… 

 

What I do: 

  • Beat myself up every time I give myself a hard time 

More on this subject:

 

Author of this blog (Transparency):   

  • I work for CPR Global Tech and, for personal reasons, like many people, I have had to learn a about dementia the hard way.  As there is a natural forum on our website, it makes sense for me to share info here.  

 

Source:

 https://www.dementia.org.au/files/helpsheets/Helpsheet-AboutDementia01-WhatIsDementia_english.pdf 

 


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