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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Don't miss this wek's blog! Dementia and Relaxation
can be a challenge. Curve balls are thrown our way, and we are caught
off guard. Routines are interrupted, and we revolt. Expectations are
not met, and we feel disappointed. STRESS! UGH!
experienced more than my share of stress in the last few weeks. It has
not been fun, and it has not been easy. Much of it has caused me to
stop. I've had to stop and think and ponder and evaluate. Then I had
to stop and REST!
Stress eats at our body and mind and spirit. It
can destroy us, or it can be a motivator to initiate change. I had an
individual I highly respect advise that I needed to "find myself, again"
and stop letting the stresses of life destroy me. I've thought a lot
about that, and I have decided this person was absolutely correct.
when I re-discovered the joy of relaxation. I love to pile up on the
sofa with my flannel blanket Momma made, my dachshund (that's her in the
picture) stretched out beside me, and Netflix on the television. If
there is a mug of hot coffee on the side table, then life is even more
pleasant. I watch television until my eyes are heavy, and then I try to
nap. (Try - because you know the phone is going to ring or the dryer
buzzes or the dog barks.) Relaxation is a good thing.
how stressful life is for our loved ones with dementia. They realize,
as my Grandma Carpenter who had Alzheimer's use to say, "Something just
isn't right." She did not know what that "something" was, but she knew
life was off kilter. So do our loved ones. They know they have a
problem, they want to fix the problem, and they are trying so hard to
cover mistakes. All this causes them to be tired. Relaxation is very
Offer your loved one a time to relax. Maybe they would
enjoy a massage, or a meal out, or even a shopping excursion. Maybe
they want to help you cook or fold laundry like they did years ago.
Maybe they would like to sit down with you and color a beautiful picture
in an adult coloring book (don't insult them with childish coloring
books). Maybe a game of cards will bring about much needed release from
the struggles going on in their brain. Maybe you need to sing to
them. Whatever brings your loved one release from stress, please offer
it to them regularly.
Whatever form relaxation takes for you,
make it a point to practice it. As you can see from the picture, Zoe
has it all figured out!
Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.
SNOWMAN TREE UPDATE - As you can see from the picture, the Valentine
Snowman Tree is now celebrating St. Patty's Day. My sister called Momma
and asked what she was new in her world. Momma said, "My man has
turned green." As a matter of explanation, Momma has a male friend in
her community that she spends time with, so my sister assumed Momma was
talking about him. My sister said, "What is wrong with him? Why did he
turn green?" Momma said, "He is the prettiest shade of green!" My
sister became quite concerned until she finally figured out Momma was
talking about the snowman!!