I’ve started wandering…

My days are starting to look a bit like this! I do a lot of walking around in circles, up and down the stairs to the bedroom, back to the office or kitchen, wondering why. If I was a resident in aged care, I would be labelled as wandering, rather than a person simply looking for something…

Yolanda’s story

Yolanda’s story was first posted on Global Dementia Voices, October 11, 2012 by Kate Swaffer. I felt it important to highlight the stories from that blog here, as it simply didn’t grow wings, and the stories of people with dementia, or illness leading to symptoms of dementia are important in teaching us all to better…

Staying connected

As I wander around the shops or streets, or sit in restaurants or cafes, many people are more connected to their iPhones or iPads, tweeting, or checking emails or Facebook or other social media connections, often forgetting to talk to each other. Worrying or excited about how many followers they have, rather than how many face-to-face…

Perseverance and dementia

English: perseverance  /ˌpərsəˈvi(ə)rəns/ Noun 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. Synonyms 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…

Feelings about dementia

After reading Kay Bransfords blog I don’t understand why you are so upset today, I responded with my own feelings about dementia, and whether a PWD can cause others to feel duress. In reality, no-one cannot cause another person to respond or react a certain way. You cannot cause a healthy person to respond or react a certain way.…

“Oh, but you’re just like me.”

Many times a day I walk around in circles at home, wondering what I had been doing, or what I was going to do. It is not quite confusion, but more like a vagueness caused by forgetfulness. My brain used to be so sharp. I used to have about 12 television screens going on at…

Sharing and caring

When our children are small, we constantly suggest they share their toys with their friends… we say or imply sharing is caring. My interpretation of the Maria Montessori method of teaching children through play was sharing should not be forced, but would happen naturally when the child felt safe and that they can trust the…