A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each element of somebody s existence. The problem of speaking recommendations and emotions will be made even tougher via different people's destructive perceptions of dementia.

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I was trying to make sure that I didn’t forget anybody’s name at the meeting. ” This more realistic response is probably much closer to the truth than your negative feelings. Being more objective about what happened can keep you from thinking that if one thing goes wrong, then everything is negative. More objective thinking will help you not blame yourself or feel overly negative. Avoid all-or-nothing thinking Using words such as “should” and “shouldn’t” often happens as you interact with other people.

By using his previous role in the marriage, this simple act by the wife allowed her husband to continue in his role as bill payer within their marriage. Helping the husband keep this part of his marriage role protected his self-esteem. Helping him to perform this role also kept that part of their marriage (eating out with family members and friends) alive and positive for them both. One very loving husband also found small ways to keep his marriage alive. In this example, the couple had a lifelong habit of sitting together every night after dinner and watching the news together.

So you have gone from forgetting to do a small task to feeling totally incompetent. You might think this example is an exaggeration of how individuals with memory loss really respond. 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.

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