This past little bit has been kinda busy. I went to Peace River last week for a 2 day on Alzheimers. (They taught us a lot about us, but unfortunately, I still haven’t learned to spell it right!) But it was an excellent course. Soooo informative, and it will be very helpful every day as I go to work. They taught us the course that the disease runs and the various stages, how to interact with a person with Dementia, the importance of entering into their reality instead of forcing them into ours, and the “So what?” principle for day to day issues that come up. If one of our residents is refusing to do something, or having a really rough day and we need to do something that would only agaravate matters, does it REALLY have to be done today? So what if it has to wait till tomorrow? If waiting won’t harm them or others, why not? We are here for them, not ourselves. So why not make life a little smoother for them?
So…I was thankful to be able to go, and my co-worker and I came back with a better perspective and some fresh ideas. And for those of you out there who are worrying that you have Dementia, don’t worry — you probably don’t. The fact that you remember that you forgot something is a good sign, and if you remember the experience or event but forget the details about it, you’re doing ok 😉