Jan 26, 2013

Jeanmarie and the Coloring Pad

Alzheimer's dementia patients are capable of more than we can imagine. It seems that we the caregivers are often constrained in our efforts by our own brains. By an inability to hope beyond hopelessness, and an inability to trust in our loved one's.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Two Months Before Dotty Went to Heaven, A Wonderful SurpriseJeanmarie and the Coloring Pad border=
This is the coloring pad click it
Yesterday I wrote,  Alzheimer's What's the Use,  and earlier in the week,  How to Listen to an Alzheimer's Patient.  I suggest you read or re-read these articles when you have the time.

The issue - What's the Use?

I started caring for my mother, Dotty, on November 17, 2003, and up until the time when she went to Heaven on May 25, 2012.

On March 26, 2012, I captured a wonderful video of Dotty coloring. This video is remarkable because, quite frankly, I was skeptical that Dotty could or would color.

Our friend Jeannemarie on the other hand - had no reservations. It was her idea and she purchased the coloring pad and color pencils.

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As was often the case Dotty, she stunned, startled, and amazed us. Without any help or direction and while alone, Dotty started coloring. Notice the two color pencils she is holding and switching between hands, they are color coordinated

Dotty was diagnosed as in the moderate to severe stage of dementia during December, 2009. About 27 months before we shot this video.

What's the Use?

I usually put the video in here on the ARR. However, this time around I am going to ask you to click the link below, and go to our YouTube site and watch the video.

Two months before Dotty went to Heaven she delivered a wonderful surprise.

If you like the video, please click the Like Button under the video.

You are also welcome to add a comment under the video, or come back here and comment.

You can also click the Share Button to get the link to the video to send to family, friends or members of a support group. Or share the video on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

What's the Use?

You can go here to see a series of videos of Dotty over time. Did Dotty look better near the end than she did years earlier? Did Dotty look happier and more alive?

If you have any doubts about What's the Use?, these videos should help supply the answer to the question.

Alzheimer's dementia patients are capable of more than we can imagine. It seems that we the caregivers are often constrained in our efforts by our own brains. By an inability to hope beyond hopelessness, and an inability to trust in our loved one's.

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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