I suppose my words of wisdom today, with this self reflection would be these:
For dementia sufferers, push your limits. Change the way you “used” to do things to fit what you need now. Don’t be ashamed of having to make lists, etc. Try each day to find ways to exceed what you think you can do. Be with people as much as you can; volunteer your time to help others. And don’t let anyone tell you that you CAN’T do something just because you have dementia; try to make it work so you CAN do part of it, if not all of whatever it is that was denied you.
For caregivers, encourage your loved one’s efforts. Be pro-active in his/her daily routine.
If you hear the words “I can’t” turn them into words of “I can” by coming up with ways it can be accomplished. Keep your loved one involved with current events—even if you have to repeat yourself doing it. Encourage your loved one to relate with others, young and old. Add a “field trip” once in a while to stimulate your loved one’s mind.
For instance, take him/her to the aquarium; have them describe the fish, etc….anything that gets his/her mind working.
I need to stop now; now, where is some paper so I can make that list? LOL