Monday, December 31, 2012

Homeward Bound



Even though there are many, many difficulties, having Alzheimer’s does not mean you are less than you were; having dementia does not mean you are dumb...

By Tom and Karen Brenner
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Homeward Bound
We don’t have to put pebbles in our shoes, or wear over large rubber gloves or put Vaseline on our glasses to understand what it could feel like to be elderly; all we need to do is listen to elders with an open heart and an understanding mind.

We don’t have to have Alzheimer’s and dementia to understand what it must feel like to be confused, lonely, frustrated and forgetful. Every one has felt these emotions at one time or another. 

Of course, the difference is that people living with Alzheimer’s deal with confusion, loneliness, frustration and memory loss most of the time. Even though there are many, many difficulties, having Alzheimer’s does not mean you are less than you were; having dementia does not mean you are dumb. 

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