In this week’s Dementia Live (Episode 7) I talk about my views.
Some people will agree with my views on dementia, that’s cool. Some people will disagree with my views on dementia, that’s cool too. You’re with me or you’re not with me. Let’s find out…
I believe the best way to deal with conditions; dementia or other conditions such as cancer is with positivity.
Because I believe that if you take a negative view, with negative emotions, words etc then the follow up actions, emotions will also more likely be negative.
I understand that living with a condition such as dementia can be difficult.
I understand how tough it can be to have a family member living with a condition such as dementia and I understand how difficult this can be emotionally too.
The guilt, the heartache, the frustration and anger. But I believe the best way to deal with this is through positivity.
I also think that the negativity surrounding conditions like dementia can lead to people having a slightly warped and negative view of the condition.
What does dementia look like?
What does a person living with dementia look like?
I think if you asked most people they would say perhaps, in bed, most of or all of the day. They can’t feed themselves, drink, move around or perhaps do anything.
I meet people who are living with dementia and many, many of them are fully active, able to go out, go shopping, cook, take part in activities and live their lives for often many, many years.
A person living with dementia can look a lot like any other person.
Another reason why I believe positivity is the best way is that there are hundreds of different techniques, tips and tricks that can be used to make a small difference.
Things like saying ‘I remember when…’ rather than ‘Do you remember when…’
I’ve given a fair few tips each week and I have hundreds more to come, with positivity we can use these small improvements to make little differences.
As I said some people will agree with me and some people will not agree. And that is OK. I would love to know what you think about dementia and what you think about what I have said. You can share with me on Facebook by searching for ‘CareChooser’ or searching my personal account ‘Christopher Downie’ or indeed on LinkedIn or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best,
It is possible to live well with dementia.
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