By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener
Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each element of somebody s existence. The problem of speaking recommendations and emotions should be made even tougher by means of different people's destructive perceptions of dementia.
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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.
However, this negative response happens often, especially when you are adjusting to the diagnosis and memory loss. Because memory assists you with your actions in so many ways, it 30 / A PERSONAL GUIDE TO LIVING WITH PROGRESSIVE MEMORY LOSS is easy to let these little events overtake how you feel about yourself. You may develop a negative view of yourself because of this overgeneralization. Some simple strategies will help you to keep from allowing these small incidents from making you feel negative about yourself.
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 When I first met Linda, she was depressed, withdrawn, and negative about her future. After talking with Linda and her family over several months, we were able to design a putting green for her in her backyard. Linda’s family also started taking her to the driving range, where she could continue to practice golf.