Dementia:Being Positive and Using Distraction

 Maureen’s presentation is continuing to fluctuate and it is often difficult to know how to respond to the daily challenges.  Maureen was escorted back home twice by neighbours yesterday.  We laughed about their interventions and I offered to make Maureen a badge to indicate that she was a Big Girl now and safe to be out by herself.  I have also been advised to be positive and use distraction to relieve Maureen’s concerns about her poor memory.

I became very concerned yesterday about Maureen’s distress about not being able to remember where she was and who I am.  As Maureen became increasingly distressed  I sought advice from Isobel’s in the Home Treatment Team.  Her advice was helpful but it remains taxing when Maureen doesn’t know who I am and is ill at ease with my presence.

One matter I need to resolve as soon as possible is to create opportunities for the three people who are working with Maureen (Chloe Gail, and me) to get together on regular basis.  We need to discuss how things are going and keep our interventions with Maureen under review.   That is an issue that will not be helped by being positive and using distraction techniques.

One strategy that is working is highlighted today on my Good Music page: hope it continues to work in the coming week.

About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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2 Responses to Dementia:Being Positive and Using Distraction

  1. AmazingSusan says:

    some things can only be fixed temporarily and they just keep recurring. some things cannot be fixed at all, you just have to go through them knowing they will change. all things pass. and with dementia they pass again and again and again lol. it’s a repetitive disease in more ways than one!

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