By Jude Welton
Meet Jack - an older guy with dementia. Jack invitations readers to profit approximately dementia from his point of view, aiding them to appreciate the demanding situations confronted through a person with dementia and the alterations it motives to reminiscence, communique and behavior. He additionally supplies suggestion on the way to aid an individual with dementia remain as mentally and bodily lively as attainable, retain secure and proceed to consider cared for and valued. With illustrations all through, this beneficial ebook could be an incredible creation to dementia for somebody from baby to grownup. it is going to additionally consultant kinfolk, associates and carers in knowing and explaining the situation and will function an exceptional start line for relatives and school room discussions.
About the Author
Jude Welton is a contract author, writing usually at the arts and initially informed as a toddler psychologist focusing on autism. Jane Telford is a long-time good friend of the writer. She is an artist and illustrator, who has exhibited work and drawings extensively within the united kingdom and in addition across the world. either Jude and Jane have fathers with dementia.
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Don’t be afraid to ask family, friends and neighbours to help out. There are lots of organisations and services to support you (see pp. 46–48). As well as getting outside help, make sure you take regular breaks – or you’ll damage your own health and won’t be able to manage. You couldn’t get a more loving person than my wife. We’d hardly spent a night apart in 60 years! But once my dementia started to take hold, she needed breaks. She had her ‘special’ time to herself each day. Sometimes she popped out to see friends, while someone stayed with me at home, or took me out.
I had the urge to pace about. Sometimes I’d go to front door, and my wife would ask where I was going. I’d say: ‘Work, of course. ’ She learned that it didn’t help to tell me I stopped work ages ago. Instead she’d say, ‘It’s OK. James (our son) is on duty today. ’ That usually satisfied me, and we’d go out and do some gardening. I’ve had some trouble sleeping. If I wake in the night, I might think it’s day time. I used to get dressed in the night sometimes. It was exhausting for my wife. She started putting away my day clothes at night, so I’d be less likely to think about getting dressed.
Your body language, your tone of voice and the expression on your face all have a powerful impact on the way I feel. Gentle touch, while you are speaking to me, is usually reassuring, and can help me feel connected to you. Sometimes if you sing to me gently it helps me relax. But be aware that I might not always feel that way. When I don’t understand what words mean, the only way I can judge whether I am safe and whether you are friendly or not is the way you talk and the way you behave towards me, and the way your expression looks.
Can I tell you about Dementia? A guide for family, friends and carers by Jude Welton