Nov 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Stories - Coaxing Memories Out of the Fog of Dementia

Thanksgiving is often a difficult time for persons living with dementia and their families. Does it have to be this way?


By Alzheimer's Reading Room

Thanksgiving Stories - Coaxing Memories Out of the Fog of Dementia

Caring for a loved one with dementia “is really all about communication,” says Anne Basting, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I wanted to bring this wonderful and fascinating story that appeared in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel to your attention and awareness.
Carol was frantic. 
"I simply can't fix Thanksgiving dinner anymore," she told Charlie. "I've got to look up a bunch of stuff — meals I've been doing for years." 
Charlie tried to reassure his wife. 
"We're all getting old," he joked, a bit concerned. "We all have those problems; don't worry about it. I'll make Thanksgiving dinner!"
Trying to be helpful, he was taking something away from Carol that she had cherished. But after 40-plus years of caring for home and family, she simply couldn't pull together Thanksgiving without his help.
That was nearly a decade ago.
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