A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each point of an individual s lifestyles. The problem of speaking suggestions and emotions should be made even more durable by way of different people's detrimental perceptions of dementia.

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Throughout the two years Frank continued in this changed role, he often spoke of the joy he received in working at his company. Just being in the office where Frank had spent so many years of his life was rewarding and positive for everyone, including Frank’s family. MAINTAINING IMPORTANT ROLES IN YOUR LIFE / 43 Ruth’s story Ruth was the wife of a very public figure in a large community. In her role, Ruth had become well known in the community because her husband’s work required her to appear in public with him.

Using these strategies will assist you in maintaining a positive view of yourself, as well as your personhood. Avoid focusing on the negative One way to deal with your negative responses is to be more objective when mistakes happen—and they will happen. If you make a small mistake, it is helpful to be as objective as you can about it. Try to think about what happened realistically. ” Say to yourself, “I know I have difficulty with my memory. I was focusing on getting where I wanted to go and back home safely.

Attachment: Attachment includes a sense of belonging and forming strong bonds with others. Attachments provide a safety net for people with progressive memory loss and allow you to function at your best. 2. Inclusion: Each person with progressive memory loss continues to need to be part of a larger group. Being part of a group allows you to relate to others, expand and grow, and to combat the loneliness that often goes along with memory loss. 3. Occupation: Even in the presence of progressive memory loss, people need to be engaged in activities that are worthwhile and rewarding.

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