The Dementia Swan

The Dementia Swan, gliding through the water, legs paddling us in the direction we want to go, until we don’t know where we’re going… Then they either stop, or paddle us around in circles! Most people rarely see the paddling under the surface, rarely understand the effort it takes to keep those legs paddling, the one…

4 videos to help understand dementia

My paddling and flapping is still interrupting my ability to write personal blogs at the moment, so I will continue to add resources or other material of interest. The Alzheimer’s Reading Room led me to this resource, and the four videos. Thank you once again Bob De Marco. Have a look at the videos, especially the two…

What if I can’t paddle anymore?

It is another day of wondering, ‘What the hell is happening to my brain?’ I’m unsure if the changing symptoms of dementia that seem to be taking place can be averted, or if finding new strategies is going to rev my brain back into action. I’m finding the paddling is not working so well, and in…

Daily writing, paddling, staying afloat

I follow a few writing blogs, and Live to Write – Write to Live is one of my favourites. A blog on this site written by Diane MacKinnon, Dialogue With The Internal Editor really sparked my writing mood and practice, and makes good sense. Yesterday I wrote about dementia, drowning, and paddling like a swan…

Drowning, paddling harder and staying afloat

Many days it feels like I am drowning from the symptoms of dementia, and last night my husband and I were talking about the changes that are taking place again, and the fear we both feel when I might not be able to keep myself afloat. It is not the most comfortable emotional journey, constantly feeling like…