As I do a lot of traveling and consulting, vlogging is a great way for me to stay in touch and let you know what’s on my mind as I work to shift our perception of Alzheimer’s disease—to make sure that we move from believing that people with dementia are fated to suffer to knowing that people with dementia are whole beings who deserve to and who are able to experience joy and fulfillment.
In today's vlog, I talk about not covering up the negative behaviors people with dementia sometimes exhibit—and I stress the importance of getting to the root of those behaviors. Understanding why they occur. Because when we really know the people we care for, we know how to lessen their anxiety and help them feel happy and secure.
Please share this blog post and the video with your friends, family, and coworkers so that we can spread the word about this vital approach to care. Help us create a dementia-capable society—a society that is adept at helping people with dementia to thrive in a world of positivity and love.
Here’s a transcript of “Alzheimer's Care: Take the Time to Heal Their Souls”:
Hey there! Kim here. You know, I just had a thought. As I looked at my arm, getting ready for the day today, and I thought, I have these burns on my arm due to sun, and for a long time I’ve been trying to just cover them up with makeup, but the last couple days I’ve decided to actually put some special ointment on there to try to heal it. And it’s actually taking quite a while to try to heal.
And that reminded me of people with Alzheimer’s and their behaviors. You know, we tend to just take the easy way and try to cover up the behavior—put them out of the way where nobody can see them in a nursing home, or give them medications to quiet them instead of taking that extra time to try to really figure out who they are, and what the cause of that behavior might be, so that we can help them to feel better, and help to heal their soul.
So I just had a random thought this morning as I take a different approach. It might take longer to try to heal these burns on my arm. But let’s try to take a little longer and heal the souls of all those people with Alzheimer’s who might express some negative behavior. Stop covering it up, but try to heal. It’s worth it. Good morning!