10.16.17 Dora and the Explorers – Some Things Learned about Dementia published 12.05.14

October 16, 2017 – Like I said below in the original post, this is one thing I was clueless about when taking care of mama. How I wish had know this then.

I have had poor vision all my life, until I had cataract surgery which included a fresh new lens in both eyes. I also have a macular hole in my left eye. My overall vision has deteriorated to where I cannot read street and highway signs. This use to be just some of the time, but now it’s pretty much all the time.

Through out my life, one of my favorite things to do is to read books. Not only am I having trouble comprehending what I read, it’s getting harder to see the words. I have a Kindle, which helps because I can enlarge the font!

I have learned that reading a story that has multiple books in it where most of the characters remain in the story from book to book is the best way for me to read now. Because the characters are described in the first book, if I can understand and get a good feel of them in the first book I don’t have to go through that in the subsequent books.

I’ve always loved science fiction, mysteries, biographies, and very deep thinking books. I’ve tried to read them recently and have to stop after a few pages because nothing is clicking and I just get confused. BookBub is a website that sends me daily offers for cheap and FREE books. I mostly choose the free books that sound interesting. I am thankful for BookBub because if I get a book and can’t read it that’s okay, it was free! I do keep trying to read the types I’ve always loved because some times are better than others with my brain.

I find I do well when reading simple, kinda funny, Christian, romantic stories set in modern times and are preferably in a series. If you know of books that fit in those categories let me know! I realize I shifted from seeing to understanding but they both relate to reading so I hope it makes sense to you all!

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This is the original blog post

Two things I’d like to share today are:

  • Alzheimer’s drastically changes vision
  • Creating a dementia friendly home

Once you see how their vision is affected in the first part, you’ll want to do whatever you can to make your house a dementia friendly home.

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I had no idea that Alzheimer’s disease changes how you actually see things. This is one of the things we did not know about when Mama was with us. And one of the things I really wish I had.

If you don’t share anything else with others, please pass along this video to all your friends on facebook or through email. It makes perfect sense out of a lot of odd behaviors and odd things they say, but people have to know it.

Dementia affects many parts of of the body as it progresses. Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand the changes your loved one is going through. In this video, a care-giver explains the visual changes that occur during dementia. Click on the picture below to view the video.

changes in vision

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CREATING AN ALZHEIMER’S FRIENDLY HOME

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It is important that people living with dementia have the best quality of life possible in their homes. Inexpensive and simple changes to a house can make it so much more dementia-friendly. See simple changes that create a more dementia-friendly environment, enhancing emotional well-being and independence.

This video has good ideas from the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Amazon carries most of the items you’ll see in the video. Click on the picture below to view the video.

dementia friendly home

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Please come back next time when I’ll share another important aspect of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. If you want to get an email whenever I post a blog (I write about other things, not just Alzheimer’s) find the “FOLLOW” box which is usually to the right hand side somewhere, enter your email and respond when the confirmation email is sent to you.

If you are in need of prayer for yourself, in your role as a caregiver, or if you have any specific questions please send me a comment with whatever information you want to share or ask about. I’ll say again that I’m not an expert but I probably experienced with my mom a lot of things you’re going through and will try my best to help. If I don’t know the answer I will tell you I don’t know. I’ll never judge, I’ve been judged enough to last a life time and would never do that to someone else. My email address is rosalyn@selu.edu if that is an easier way to communicate.

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

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