Dementia: All Singing and Dancing

We often start the day with YouTube Maureen loves singing along to the songs her dad used to sing to her when she was a child.  This one is a particular favourite and a lovely way to start the day:

In the evenings I often become our resident D J and put some vinyl on the deck.  Last night Maureen was in exceptional form and took to the floor as you will see .

With dementia you can never predict what is going to happen next.  This morning Maureen has just summoned me because she is frightened because there is a large dog in the lounge and she is frightened by the beast.  She often reminds me that she witnessed one draw blood from your mother’s leg when she was a child.

I understand that those deeply held emotional memories are the last to fade when you have dementia.  Therefore, it isn’t surprising  that Maureen remembers me being ‘horrible to her for putting her in a Care Home last week’.  This could well be one of those emotional memories that will not fade as quickly as some would suggest!

 

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About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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2 Responses to Dementia: All Singing and Dancing

  1. Diane Brooks says:

    It is so lovely that the two of you are able to enjoy singing and dancing. Our Alzheimer’s society here have a ballroom dancing afternoon followed by a high tea, this is always so successful.

    Mum and John always remember the things I don’t want them to remember …

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