Talking to people with dementia.
NEW from Alberta Health
Alberta Health has updated the Continuing Care Standards effective January 2016. They have also updated the “Information guide”. If you have someone in care or are contemplating it, this is essential reading. www.health.alberta.ca/services/continuing-care-standards.html
If I Get Dementia by Rachael Wonderlin
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, and I live in a dementia care community, please visit me often.
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.
Alzheimer's Cafe in Lethbridge
The Alzheimer's Cafe is held monthly in Lethbridge at the Pemmican Lodge. This is a casual get together, a chance to meet others and have a visit. NO stress, no commitment, nice people!
102 - 5th Avenue South
4th Monday of the month. The next get together is 27 February 2017.
Next meeting of Southwood
Tuesday 7 February 2017 meeting is cancelled due to weather conditions.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 21 February 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
at Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Drive SW Calgary
This meeting is open to those affected by Early OnSet Dementia/Alzheimer's (meaning a diagnosis before the age of 65). Caregivers meet in an informal and unfacilitated setting to discuss issues. Partners meet separately in a facilitated group.