“It is so hard to watch someone decline with this devastating disease. You still see sparks of recognition; the person’s personality will peek out from under the confusion. It is also hard to watch the family and friends of this wonderful person go through the hope, denial, frustration, anger, guilt and all other emotions trying to deal with a loved one who is changing on a daily basis. This is not the person he/she married, or the sibling, relative, or friend they knew before the disease affected him or her. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are not contagious. Those that have dementia still have laughter, a sense of humor, and lots of love to give. They still enjoy a tender touch, conversation, big hugs, and a compassionate heart. Yes, the person that has dementia can be unsettled at times. Wouldn’t you be if every day you wake up confused, not knowing where you are, if you are safe, and having “strangers” come up to you asking you questions that take time for the person to process and comprehend? I know I would be! Just be patient and understanding when caring for a person with dementia.
~Linda David, Professional Care Partner