Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s, A Helpful Book
If you think you or a loved one may have Alzheimer’s or dementia, I highly recommend this book. It’s easy to read, easy to understand, and will provide information for each stage of the disease.
There are so many questions that enter your mind with the diagnosis, even before the shock of it has softened. It can be very frightening to face. The more you know, the more you educate yourself ahead of time, the more prepared you will be. That may be the wrong choice of words. Can you really prepare yourself for a disease that may last more than a decade? Nevertheless, guidelines on what to expect, information on associations and offices you can contact for help and direction, and treatments that may be of help early on, will help immensely.
I like this book for another reason as well. A big focus is on what they call “habitation.” The concept is simply to accept where your loved one is and meet them there. If they get to a point where they think their parents are still coming to pick them up, that is okay. If they seem to revert to the past, let them be there. Any peace and comfort they can have is a blessing for them.
We can only imagine how frightening it must be at times to remember little. A bit like you are at sea, all alone. Something to hold onto, whether your hand or a memory must bring relief. It is just my opinion, but I think anything that helps them relax and be content is good.