I recently heard “worry” described as “focusing on the WHAT IFs”. I like that definition. Worry leads to doubt, confusion, insecurity, physical illness, mental unrest, and so on. Dementia and worry might seem to go hand-in-hand. Or not.
Understanding dementia and the reason your loved one has dementia, practicing the best caregiving techniques, and incorporating ways to relieve stress, are just a few examples of fighting “worry” when it comes to dementia. In my book, Let’s Talk Dementia, I explain dementia and Alzheimer’s. I offer easy to understand tips that will make caregiving easier and a better life-learning experience. I tell funny stories and anecdotes to brighten your day, and I pray all this comes together to lessen your worries about dementia.
None of us knows what the future holds. I wonder if Momma will be able to stay in her assisted living apartment for many years to come. Will she need to move to a memory care facility? Will she remember who I am and the love we share when Christmas of next year arrives?
I can dwell on the unknown and experience doubt, confusion, and insecurity, or I can trust in the only ONE who knows the answers. The great news is this. He gives us those answers just when we need them. So take a moment to relax, breathe, and talk to The Lord about your worries. Then pick up my book and learn and laugh.
Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Creative Music Experiences. After her husband’s closed-head injury in 1996 and her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2006, Carol began her study of the brain and the various forms of dementia that exist. Through her not-for profit company, Senior Life Journeys, she is actively involved in the lives of individuals who are caregiving for a loved-one with dementia as she helps them develop caregiving techniques. Carol’s latest book, Let’s Talk Dementia-A Caregiver’s Guide, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and it is an easy to read guide for caregivers of individuals with dementia. She also wrote the best seller If My Body Is A Temple, Why Am I Eating Doughnuts? It tells of the amazing miracle that caused her to lose 100 pounds. You can follow her blog—Something to Ponder—at www.seniorlifejourneys.com.