Alzheimer Memory Walk

How could 37 years of a loving relationship disappear overnight?

We embraced as we cried, speaking our love for one another in silence.

We were separated by a few feet, but it felt as though she were a million miles away.

The deep human need for love does not disappear with a disgnosis of dementia.

5 languages of love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, physical touch.

Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey by Debbie Barr

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss by Nancy Mace

Learning to Speak Alzheimer: What to expect and making the first decisions
– Make the physical environment work: simplify, accomodate, eliminate distractions.
– Know that communication remains possible: validate emotions behind little words
– Focus on remaining skills
– Live in the patient´s world: never question the behavioral changes, join her current place and time, find joy there.
– Enrich the patient´s life: create moments for success, eliminate moments of failures, and praise sincerity.

Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

If you know nothing about elephants or dancing.
Fear not to face the hidden elephant and love to dance with it.

Everybody wants green scenary, nobody wants the rain. Let it rain down on me.

Dancing with Elephants: Mindfulness Training For Those Living With Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain by Jarem Sawatsky

Activities to Do with Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer’s Dementia

10 Reasons to Be Hopeful About the Future of Alzheimer’s Disease

Breakthroughs Research

http://www.alzheimers.org.nz/memorywalk

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