I love bingo and milkshakes. She loved anything about him. What a mess! Another trick was to have a story my boys knew Granny enjoyed, like Albert the dog jumping up to put his head in a pot on the stove to see what was cooking. Alternatively, they encouraged my mom to tell her favorite stories.
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There are some things which are hard for children. I show this through the Granny in the book. My boys were adaptable, and they were able to be with their grandmother whatever her current space or reality. We never questioned anything my mom said. My mom was wheelchair bound for some time, but once she told me she and the boys blew bubbles at the beach that morning, something they had done ten years earlier in another state. All I said was what fun they all must have had, and she smiled and said they had.
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Another time I told her James was learning to drive, and it was hard for him to learn to drive a manual transmission because so few cars were stick shifts. These methods, not asking questions, going with the flow of the mind of the person with dementia, telling favorite stories, served my boys and our family well. I hope the story helps other families dealing with dementia as well.
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Susan McCormick is a doctor who lives in Seattle. She is married and has two boys.
Thank you, Susan McCormick, for writing this book and this post—about a topic that affects so many families. Facing the realities of memory loss in a loved one is painful, but small adjustments like the ones you suggest here can make it much less painful for everyone. I am going to run out and buy this immediately. Our mother is having memory issues. Thank for getting this important book out into the world.
What great ideas. Thanks for a great book! This book sounds very accurate to my own experience with my father and my mother-in-law. Glad that someone else accomplished that.
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