English: perseverance /ˌpərsəˈvi(ə)rəns/
1. Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
2. Continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory.
persistence – tenacity – pertinacity – assiduity (source: google.com)
This trait is beyond doubt one of the most important one required for facing dementia, especially for the wives or husbands supporting us. They must persevere with working to keep our families afloat, with helping us live the best lives we can, in spite of their own deep grief. They are losing us, watching our faculties slowly deteriorate, and then slowly disappear.
People with dementia have to persevere with learning how to manage the ever-changing body they are living in; as they lose functions or insight, the ability to persevere and fight against the symptoms of dementia diminishes. As this happens, our loved ones who support us have to increase their level of perseverance – they must further develop their ‘Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success’, which will surely lead them to ‘a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory’.