October 18, 2017 – When I first learned about Christine Bryden I wrote the blog post below. In the video below she’s talking about nursing/ memory care and what someone with dementia needs vs. what they sometime receive. Personally, like Christine, I want to have a say in where I may live at the end of my life. Roy and I have talked and I’ve chosen two nursing homes (one in Hammond and one in Amite) that we want to check out. My desire is to take care of as much as I can now when I am in a good place before I can’t do it any longer.
Christine Bryden: I have Mid-stage Dementia. Here’s What I truly Need.
Christine Bryden was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. At the time, she was a single mother with 3 girls, as well as a senior executive to the Australian Prime Minister. Six years into her dementia, see her talk about what it feels like and what you can do to help.
She is amazing at how well she’d done in writing books, giving lectures like the video. Reports say that after 20 years of having dementia that she is still alive. That is such an inspiration to me.
She, so very well, explains what Alzheimer’s patients truly need. The video is almost 30 minutes long but I encourage everyone to watch it. Caregivers, family members and friends can learn so much from this. Her advice is exceptional, especially since she’s actually living the life of Dementia.
I have not read her book Dancing with Dementia so I can’t recommend it. However, if you want to check it out, here’s a link to where you can purchase it from Amazon for $18.32 at:
Click on the photo below to watch the video.
I first saw this on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Weekly, a great resource. I will share some of their articles here but they have so much more than I can pass along so I encourage you to check it out! You can subscribe to receive weekly emails loaded with information. Their website is:
1. I should have access to a doctor to check if I have dementia.
2. I should have access to information about dementia so I know how it will affect me.
3. I should be helped to live independently for as long as I can.
4. I should have a say in the care and support that I am given.
5. I should have access to high-quality care that’s right for me.
6. I should be treated as an individual, with those looking after me knowing about my life.
7. I should be respected for who I am.
8. I should have access to medicine and treatment that helps me.
9. My end of life wishes should be discussed with me while I can still make decisions.
10. I want my family and friends to have fond memories of me.
Romans 8:37-39: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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