Leah, Community Member

Facing Daily Life with Vascular Dementia

What a life, living with vascular dementia It seems that every thing is a struggle. I know the words EVERY THING should be written as EVERYTHING, but by dividing the word, I think that it increases its impact. Literally ALL that I do is a struggle! I ...
Leah

Nine Years with Vascular Dementia

I have suffered with Vascular Dementia for a bunch of years now. Truthfully, I cannot remember when it was diagnosed. The only thing I can relate it to is that it happened after my retirement from teaching, which was, I think, 2004. I had a couple of ...
Leah

Living in the Now

Dementia is a demon, which robs one of the past and gives little hope for the future. It comes like a thief in the night, its cape capturing your short-term memory, enveloping it in a shroud of nothingness" One who lives with short-term memory l...
Leah

Preparing for a neurologist appointment despite dementia

Life with dementia continues to be a challenge. My dementia appears to be moving forward. I am experiencing bigger HOLES. My definition of a HOLE is a block of time which, in my conscious memory, does or did not exist. Earlier in my diagnosis, I only ...
Leah

Baking with Dementia

Baking with the assistance of my partner, Dementia, is a big challenge-one that I attempted in a big way last week. I rarely bake anymore…a box mix here and there… The first bake sale of the year was coming up. I poured over the internet looking for ...
Leah

Dealing with Short Attention Spans with Dementia

July 1st was my birthday. I am 62…Or is it 63? I’m really sure that I’m older than 61… Let’s see…1948 to 2000 would be 52 years…add ten years to get to 62 in 2010…and now it’s…2011…so I add one year… NOW I KNOW HOW OLD I WILL BE-I will be 63 years ol...
Leah

Living with Alzheimer's: Becoming A Recluse Is Not Becoming

I need to get out of the bedroom. I need to get out of the bedroom. I need to get out of the bedroom. If I repeat this often enough, it may happen. You think? I don’t know if it’s my dementia worsening, or my depression (which often accompanies demen...
Leah

Aricept Opens Doors to Dreaming

Every medication can have side effects. That’s a given. Whether or not you can live with the side effect is the big question. I take a medication given to many with some form of dementia Aricept. It has many possible side effects. The most common are ...
Leah

Holding On To Hope

For those with vascular dementia"or for that matter, for anyone with the beginning of any form of dementia"it is important to keep HOPE in their life. This is not to say that one should expect a miracle, although praying for one is not out ...
Leah