Dementia and Christmas

Christmas is not that far away, and as I was counting the sleeps until a trip we have booked in June next year, I also started to think about it, as well as count down the days… and it is less than 70 days until Christmas 2014! I used to really dislike Christmas, as there…

Loneliness

Loneliness sits silently Too often tinged with sadness Wafting through one’s heart Waiting for no-one in particular Filling one’s soul with curiosity Wondering why It never quite goes away A movie or a book Beautiful music Amongst a throbbing crowd Or all alone There is no difference When loneliness and sadness Sneaks in Nothing takes it away Not quite…

Dementia and Christmas

December is the time of year we often take stock of our friendships. For most people, the diary is full of social commitments, racing towards Christmas day when families and special friends are together. Christmas time is either something you love and look forward to or dread, and for many people, it is a time of…

A space for Dementia liberation

lib·er·a·tion (l b -r sh n). n. 1. The act of liberating or the state of being liberated. 2. The act or process of trying to achieve equal rights and status. My computer and internet access are more important to me than just staying connected. This connectedness helps to make up for the lost friendships, the loss…

Dementia, driving and the loss of independence

Yesterday in a practice session of one of the interviewing techniques of Narrative Therapy, I was interviewed about a recent problem in my life. I elected to discuss the impact of losing my driver’s license, and unearthed a mini maelstrom of feelings I had not given much thought to previously. I’d thought the emotional burden…

Loneliness, illness, dementia and support groups

Yesterday I talked about how lonely and isolating it can be living with a diagnosis of dementia. One reader and friend overseas emailed me with her support and friendship, and also shared her own recent terminal diagnosis. Another reader made some very pertinent comments, and shared some links about it. One comment, “the loneliness in…