Flip Wilson once said, "You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickels in the machine".
When we accept a devastating diagnosis such as dementia or any other terminal disease and seek ways, to continue living to the fullest extent possible, I believe there will be better outcomes. This does not mean that we will not have complications, health issues or other things to deal with that are just part of life. I believe that this acceptance serves as catalyst for us to become more social.
We are able to learn more about dementia from reputable websites and persons living with dementia that can propel us into a better understanding of what might lie ahead and prepare us for our journey. We are able to develop a strategic plan or "game plan" for having fun with our family and friends. Personally, I know that I will lose some abilities through my journey with dementia; however, each time this occurs, I attempt to find something to replace the loss with.
I was a care partner for both my mom and dad who had dementia. I feel this path is good for both the person with dementia (PWD) and their care partners. The PWD can attend support groups or memory cafes with their loved ones. They can attend virtual memory cafes through Dementia Mentors. You can request a mentor at Dementia Mentors. Presently Dementia Mentors virtual memory cafes are available on Wednesday's at 11 AM and Friday's at 1 PM, Eastern Time. Click on the link to request being a part of the cafe.
I would suggest that if we have a better quality of life for a number of years, we have truly hit the jackpot.
Let's all work together to find a better path for both the PWD and the care partners. We can do it!
Blessing to all, Robert
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.