If I get dementia….

Ok, so this was not written by me ….. so no need to worry that I’m thinking “doom and gloom”! There’s no “doom and gloom” from this little bunny! Quite the opposite in actually! 

However … I do believe that there are some powerful messages for all of us in this simple blog post! I’ve added the images which may help bring a little more context to what’s written! 

If I get dementia!!!! 

  • If I get dementia, I want my friends and family to embrace my reality. If I think my spouse is still alive, or if I think we’re visiting my parents for dinner, let me believe those things. I’ll be much happier for it.  
  • If I get dementia, I don’t want to be treated like a child. Talk to me like the adult that I am.  
  • If I get dementia, I still want to enjoy the things that I’ve always enjoyed. Help me find a way to exercise, read and visit with friends.  
  • If I get dementia, ask me to tell you a story from my past.  
  • If I get dementia, and I become agitated, take the time to figure out what is bothering me.  
  • If I get dementia, treat me the way that you would want to be treated.  
  • If I get dementia, make sure that there are plenty of snacks for me in the house. Even now, if I don’t eat I get angry, and if I have dementia, I may have trouble explaining what I need.  
  • If I get dementia, don’t talk about me as if I’m not in the room.  
  • If I get dementia, don’t feel guilty if you cannot care for me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s not your fault, and you’ve done your best. Find someone who can help you, or choose a great new place for me to live.   
  • If I get dementia, don’t act frustrated if I mix up names, events or places. Take a deep breath. It’s not my fault.  
  • If I get dementia, make sure I always have my favorite music playing within earshot.  
  • If I get dementia, and I like to pick up items and carry them around, help me return those items to their original places.  
  • If I get dementia, don’t exclude me from parties and family gatherings.  
  • If I get dementia, know that I still like receiving hugs or handshakes.  
  • If I get dementia, remember that I am still the person you know and love.  

 

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