It’s a weird sentence saying that really. We generally associate grief with the loss of someone (or something) that is no longer here, so their physical presence being gone from all existence.
If your loved one has recently received a diagnosis of dementia, it can present a whole range of feelings for both them and you. It is completely ok and natural to feel an array of emotions – from anger, tearfulness, frustration, sadness, guilt, loss and fear. These are common reactions and it would be good to try and ensure you give yourself time to manage these feelings.
It is not uncommon for many of us to worry when we forget where we put our keys, where we misplaced our glasses or where we left one of our shoes, leading to us hopping around for the rest of the day.
During 2018’s Dementia Action Week, I created five short videos on tips for people living with dementia and those who support them. The videos cover the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, resources and support services and making your home dementia-friendly.
It is with a really heavy heart when I say devastatingly, there is currently no cure or medical treatment for dementia and I often get asked why?
My heart could not go out further for someone who receives a diagnosis of a condition, and then is told that very little can be done to cure it or halt the progression.
Wow I’m a carer?! My immediate thought is that I’m going to use it as my new strapline. Actually on second thoughts I think I’ll go for carer/ superhero – I mean who doesn’t want to be a superhero after all 🙂
What is a carer?
I had personally never ever considered this title. My perception of a carer was for those people who supported the physical needs of others.
Supporting loved ones with dementia is something very close to my heart so I’ve written about some areas that may help 🙂
A few areas to consider:
Maintain your well-being
When caring for a loved one with dementia, it can be easy to put the other person’s needs first and ignore your own, but looking after yourself is vital for your own health and well-being 🙂 Taking care of yourself is an absolute must!
You could try writing lists as they can be useful to break down the steps needed for each decision or task that needs to be made. This might also help to reduce stress in decision-making.