What the heck is this all about? I spend so much time surfing the net in order to learn new things and to help keep me sharp. So, I’ve not paid much attention to the blog’s host — WordPress. I certainly am not a good computer geek and have struggled to learn how to blog half decently. I just discovered that there is a feedback page for each blogger of his/her stats. One of them is how many people clicked on the blog to read it. Take a look at the chart. It has no rhyme nor reason to it. The pattern of the number of clicks from January 20 to the present just doesn’t make any good sense to me. One day it’s way down and then it suddenly jumps to a high number. And I don’t see a correlation between the contents of each post day to day and the number of clicks. Just another one of those mysterious things in life. The internet never ceases to amaze me…
Well, now. There’s something I have to get off of my chest. For years during my practice, I tended to avoid working with the elderly and particularly those with dementia. And I didn’t know why. Part of me now wonders if it was related to some unconscious fear of getting it someday.
However, in retrospect, I realize that I never had any supervisors, professors and mentors during my training who emphasized working with the elderly. Because I always wanted to “help” patients, I had the erroneous thought that I couldn’t help the elderly.
Now I feel that I missed out on ministering to an important population. If only I knew then what I know now. It’s not just about giving them a drug and making the dementia disappear overnight. It’s about holding their hand. Talking to them. Just being with them without saying anything. Or listening to their “babbling nonsense.” Now I realize their “nonsense” was sensical and not just babbling. Yes, most of it was that there was no time to do that. Making rounds, talking with family members, doing endless paperwork, etc., makes it difficult to spend the time we’d like to give to patients. But, I could have made time. I did it for other patients and took that extra step. Now I regret that I missed out on giving so much to those who needed it the most.
But it’s not too late. We all have opportunities to help them. It’s the little things. Not just giving them pills and elixors. It’s treating them as real people who haven’t died. People who are still alive inside with feelings, emotions and needs. Just like everyone else. Just like children, they aren’t always able to make their needs known. But we hold babies and children even if we don’t know for sure what their need truly is. Why don’t we do that with the elderly?
Ok. I’ve admitted a fault from the past. I can’t change it. But I admit to it. As the expression goes. “If I only knew then what I know now and to be able to do it all over again.” Yes, it would be different. But life doesn’t work that way. It just helps us to now realize that we can do it over again but in the present!
I positively intend to slow down the progression of my Lewy Body Dementia in anyway possible. And Brain Training is one of those ways!
Do you have Alzheimer’s disease? Have vascular dementia? Another type of dementia? A caregiver? Are you a baby boomer (a term used to describe a person who was born during the Post-World War II baby boombetween 1946 and 1964). If so, then there is another brain trainer called KenKen.
It was invented by a Japanese mathematics teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto, innovator of the theory “The Art Of Teaching Without Teaching”, as an ‘instruction-free’ method of training the brain and was later published in The Times in March 2008.