In my search for the best interventions and services that can be offered to people with dementia, today I came across a Youtube video on End of Life that really uplifted my expectations, showed me what was possible. Yes dementia will have it's way, but some things can be still made better with planning and care. Do write in your comments and opinions after watching the video. Don't miss her smile at the end in recognition of her grandchild.
Today is "Bestu Varsh" the Hindu New Year. After Diwali which is the festival of lights, the advent of a new year brings hope and the promise of renewal. Wishing all my freinds and supporters and their families a year of heath & happiness.
I have been away from the blog and site for some time having been occupied with the shifting base from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad, so that I can take Plus-Care forward. I am also attending Coursera's online sessions on Caregiving for Elders with Alzheimer's.
One of my fellow participant's has posted a poem in the forum from a local magazine, Caledon Spectrum, vol 4, issue ii, Autumn 2013 (p53). I thought
I must share it with all of you:
An Alzheimer Patient's Ten Requests
Please be patient with me
I am the helpless victim of a brain disease.
Talk to me.
Even though I can not always answer.
Be kind to me.
Each day of my life is a desperate struggle.
Consider my feelings.
They are still very much alive within me.
Treat me with dignity and respect.
As I would have gladly treated you.
Remember my past.
For I was once a healthy vibrant person.
Remember my present.
For I am still living.
Remember my future.
Though it may seem bleak to you.
Pray for me.
For I am a person who lingers in
the mists of time and eternity.
And the gifts of love you give will be a
blessing forever ...
Daksha Bhat is interested in the management of ageing. As our society ages we need to create structures that will support the needs of the ageing population. We need to talk about the issues, understand them, and create the social environment that will lead to better services for the elderly. This website is a small attempt to be part of a bigger solution.