A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each point of someone s existence. The problem of speaking ideas and emotions will be made even tougher by way of different people's damaging perceptions of dementia.

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The therapies also give individuals with memory loss coping skills for 32 / A PERSONAL GUIDE TO LIVING WITH PROGRESSIVE MEMORY LOSS dealing with the negative responses of others. The behavioral therapies assist people with memory loss to stay active in positive and pleasant experiences. By focusing on what you have enjoyed in the past, behavioral therapies help you identify what activities are important for you to continue. This combined therapy then assists with maintaining personhood by helping you stay active and involved with positive activities, while decreasing your negative feelings about yourself.

MAINTAINING IMPORTANT ROLES IN YOUR LIFE / 43 Ruth’s story Ruth was the wife of a very public figure in a large community. In her role, Ruth had become well known in the community because her husband’s work required her to appear in public with him. Ruth was an active member and leader of many committees. She also assisted with social events associated with her husband’s work. Ruth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her early sixties—a time when her husband was at the peak of his career.

Another person with memory loss had played the organ for her church for many years. When she no longer felt comfortable playing alone in front of the entire congregation, she would assist the new organist and accompany the choir during rehearsals. Many simple changes can be made in how you participate in a faith-based group to allow you to continue in your previous roles. 36). Community roles are often roles that fill this need to be needed—to continue to be productive in society. Community roles, along with work roles, are also some of the 54 / A PERSONAL GUIDE TO LIVING WITH PROGRESSIVE MEMORY LOSS first roles that are dropped or changed after a diagnosis of progressive memory loss.

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