By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener
Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each point of somebody s existence. The problem of speaking options and emotions will be made even tougher through different people's adverse perceptions of dementia.
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This may seem difficult to you, considering the changes you are experiencing. How can you be sure others will listen and respect you when you tell them what you want to happen? You may not be sure that anyone will listen to you, but if you do not talk to others and express what you want, no one can listen. Sometimes, friends and family members may make these decisions for you—not out of disrespect—but simply because they do not know your wishes. Expressing your wishes about continuing in your roles in a positive and realistic way will help others hear your wishes.
The process of progressive memory loss is also unique for every person. However, some common needs exist for those with progressive memory loss. We began this chapter by describing how Thomas Kitwood (1997a, 1997b) defines personhood. Dr. Kitwood also described the basic needs of people with progressive memory loss. Meeting these basic needs will assist you in keeping a positive and enduring sense of personhood. The six basic needs described by Dr. Kitwood include the following. 1. Attachment: Attachment includes a sense of belonging and forming strong bonds with others.
In the example described above, the support group helped Jane to see that her forgetfulness was not her fault. She could not control the memory loss. Also, if Jane did not think to write a reminder to herself, this may have been caused by something that distracted her at the time. As Jane’s memory loss is not her fault, the result of her forgetting is something she should not blame herself for. If you find you blame yourself when you forget or when things go wrong, try to be realistic about what you expect of yourself.
A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener