During all these years in the Alzheimer's Reading Room, and in all my many interactions with those in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Communities, I learned many things. But nothing more than this one simple Truth
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It is my belief that if Alzheimer's caregivers will open their mind, along with their heart, they can come to only one main conclusion - they are leading a meaningful and purposeful life.
The caregiver begins to acquire empathy by asking how, why, what. How is the person who is deeply forgetful feeling?
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
~ Saint Augustine
Most people think when a person is living with dementia the situation is hopeless. It is not!
One of the biggest problems we face in dementia care are stress, sadness, and depression. As a result, we need to take proactive steps to insure we avoid deep sadness and stay on mission.
How to Get Answers To Your Questions About Alzheimer's and Dementia
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*** Empathy the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
*** Compassion a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate their suffering.
*** Purpose the reason for which something is done or for which something exists. Having as one's intention or objective.
*** Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well being defined by positive emotions ranging from contentment to joy. Happy mental states also reflect judgement by a person about their overall well being.
*** Hug an act of holding someone tightly in one's arms to express affection, caring, and understanding.
*** Sadness is a normal human emotion. Sadness is an emotional pain associated with, or characterized by, feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, grief, helplessness, disappointment and sorrow.
*** Caregiver is a person who gives help and protection to someone who is sick or in need.