A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each point of anyone s existence. The problem of speaking strategies and emotions should be made even tougher by way of different people's destructive perceptions of dementia.

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Mildred was certainly able to provide guidance and information to others—she was just not able to speak on her own behalf. She was unable to let others know of her desire to continue in this lifelong role. As a result, Mildred withdrew from an important part of her previous role long before she lost the ability to fill the role. Be honest with yourself Try to be as objective as possible about the role and your ability to fill the role. This can hard for you, as you will tend to see yourself as you always have.

She reached a point when she was not able to play a full round of 18 holes. When this happened, Linda gave up golf, even though “golfer” was a major role in her life. When I first met Linda, she was depressed, withdrawn, and negative about her future. After talking with Linda and her family over several months, we were able to design a putting green for her in her backyard. Linda’s family also started taking her to the driving range, where she could continue to practice golf. Even though Linda could not play 18 holes of golf, she was able to go out in her backyard and continue in her previous role.

You might want to consider the following helpful ways to continue in the roles you have had in the past. 40 / A PERSONAL GUIDE TO LIVING WITH PROGRESSIVE MEMORY LOSS Attempt to focus on the positive What parts of the role provide you with the greatest joy and personal satisfaction? How can your continued participation in the role benefit others? For example, if you have been the financial manager in the family, what aspects of this role do you really enjoy? Reading the financial pages of the newspaper?

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