The Alzheimer’s Podcast:
Setting the Stage for Better Times Together
Hello, and welcome to Episode #4, this is Mike Good of Together in This.
I greatly appreciate all of the positive feedback I’m receiving for this relatively new podcast where my goal is always to empower you to maintain a positive experience, reduce and eliminate the need for medications, & make your time together with those you care for, the best it can be.
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While there are a lot of negative aspects about Alzheimer’s disease, continually focusing on the negative will directly affect the quality of care you provide, and often it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
However, you can, as many families have, overcome negativity and take a more positive approach to living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia in your life.
You’re going to have to make a serious commitment and tough choices on how you view and approach the disease.
For decades, the medical community has been painting a dreary and negative image of the person with Alzheimer’s disease. And clinical models, which are used to track decline, focus on loss.
Historically, each stage of Alzheimer’s has been defined by the abilities that have been lost. You, however, want to focus on what remains, or what is sometimes discovered, such as an artistic talent.
The next, very important thing you must do is to stop fighting the disease and trying to fix things. You must accept, embrace, and accept them for who they are now.
Once you do these things, you will find that your time together will be much more positive, and you will form new loving memories.
In the last segment of the podcast, I discuss how you do fight back to maximize the positive and joyful times.
To maximize a positive experience, you must also implement strategies to reduce the strain on your life. Sometimes this involves asking another person to help, rescheduling a conflicting event, or even co-locating with your loved one.
Now that you’ve learned to focus on their remaining abilities, you’ve accepted who they now are, and you’re looking for ways to reduce the strain of caregiving, you now want to have some fun together and create those positive experiences.
Our ultimate goal is for you to have stress-free time to be a loving relative and friend – not a caregiver.
It’s not going to be easy, but if you start following the advice I share in this episode, you will make it a more positive experience for you, your family, and your loved one with dementia.