By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener
Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each point of anyone s existence. The problem of speaking innovations and emotions should be made even tougher by means of different people's destructive perceptions of dementia.
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Extra resources for A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss
One example of the positive benefits of making a role easier can be found in a true story of a very talented woman, Linda, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her mid-sixties. Linda’s career was playing professional golf for most of her adult life. She reached a point when she was not able to play a full round of 18 holes. When this happened, Linda gave up golf, even though “golfer” was a major role in her life. When I first met Linda, she was depressed, withdrawn, and negative about her future.
When you start listing your positive qualities, you will be more easily reminded that you have a number of good traits. I often suggest MAINTAINING PERSONHOOD / 33 that people with memory loss keep that list close to them; to carry it in their pocket book or purse as a reminder of the good qualities they possess. Then, when you tend to overgeneralize or blame yourself when things go wrong, you will have a positive reminder of your good qualities to balance any negative feelings about yourself. If you are interested in being part of a cognitive-behavioral therapy group, your healthcare provider may refer you to a professional who conducts these therapies.
Comfort can ease the initial distress that occurs with a diagnosis of progressive memory loss. Close and positive relationships also provide you with a sense of attachment to others. The need for attachment is universal. We all need to be part of a larger group: a family, a friendship, or social network that has meaning to your personhood. Continuing these relationships is a very powerful way to support who you are as a person. Close relationships can be reassuring as you go through changes caused by progressive memory loss.