Be bold and courageous. When you look
back on your life, you’ll regret the things
you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
I came across this on the Merck website today. Can’t believe how good it is. It lists all the types of dementias and the differences between them. I never gave much thought about there being a marked difference between vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. Thanks to Kat on the Dementia Rescue Early Onset Yahoo group for prompting me to look this up.
There’s a saying I learned in training — “Who they were is still in there somewhere…” I think about this a lot of the time. I find it almost impossible to visualize ever being in a nursing facility (denial???), but if I were I think these would be some of the things that I’d like for someone to do:
Make an extra effort to show me you love me and care about me
A care package
An extra telephone call
Maybe a plant or some flowers
Send a card anytime
I may not totally understand what those gestures would mean, but the David in me would still be there inside me and still remember about good old-fashioned TLC!