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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Dementia Journal - Write It Down
As you may know by now, I am a published author. I have just finished writing my fourth book, and it is due for release in late February. It is titled,Let’s Talk Dementia. I am excited to offer this easy to read caregiver’s guide to dementia. In its pages you will read practical advice regarding caring for someone with dementia, along with stories and jokes that will make you smile. After all, as I am known to say, “You’ve just got to laugh.” (Email me if you would like to reserve a copy –firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Not everyone writes books, but writing can be very healing. One of the techniques many Hospice organizations recommend for grief recovery is journaling. My Mother went through such an experience when my Dad died. She wrote down exactly what she was thinking. It helped the healing process to move more quickly, and it documented for the future what Momma was experiencing. Quite honestly, reading her journal was very emotional for me.
My brother-in-law passed away on January 2nd of this year. I have recommended my sister journal her thoughts. I am making that same recommendation to you as you caregive for someone. Whether they have dementia, or not, caregiving is difficult. Writing your thoughts can help lessen the pain that surrounds those thoughts.