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Walk With Me: Remembering Those with Dementia

“Walk With Me” was inspired by the lives of the elderly in nursing homes and people with dementia. I’ve had much exposure to nursing homes since I was young and because of that, I’ve often thought about the process of growing old and what it means to live out your ‘last years’ on Earth. For some people, they approach their last years in fear and maybe hopelessness. For others, they decide to welcome their years with excitement and peace. It really is a spectrum of emotions and attitudes toward life and the afterlife.

I hope “Walk With Me” will inspire empathy and serve as a reminder that even when we are facing our own storms in life, we can still be a source of strength for others. Continue reading “Walk With Me: Remembering Those with Dementia”

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Long-term Care (LTC): How do we prepare for it?

Long-term care Long-term care involves a lot of long-term planning. Seeing my grandparents who have dementia, among other illnesses, makes me realize why it is crucial to plan for long-term care as early as possible and while we are still healthy. Needless to say, there are plenty of emotional and financial costs involved when caring for the elderly. For those of us who have not yet reached that stage in our lives, this is a good time to think about potential strategies so that when the time comes, hopefully we can feel less stressed about the situation.

 

What is long-term care (LTC)?

Most people probably associate long-term care with nursing homes, but that is not the complete picture. It is helpful to think of long-term care as the support that a person needs in order to perform his/her activities of daily living (ADLs) during his/her later years [More on ADLs here]. This can mean receiving care at one’s own home or living in a nursing home or assisted living.

 

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What Dementia is Teaching me About Our ‘True’ Selves

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Anyone who has cared for a family member with dementia can tell you how challenging and emotionally draining it is. My family has been taking care of my grandparents for a few months now and it has been a transformative experience. It is an understatement to say that our situation is revelatory of hidden emotions and personal weaknesses.

Many times my grandparents cannot recall names of family members and even events that occurred just a few minutes ago. This leads to a cycle of repeated questions and repeated answers. Dementia is a condition that does not just affect a person’s memory; it alters a lot of the person’s typical behavior and cognitive functions. My grandparents exhibit unusual behaviors and make comments that can be hurtful, but not necessarily intentional. Still, it is very difficult to discern what is true and what is false or what is part of their condition and what is part of their true selves.

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