I regularly enjoy lively conversations with my mother who has dementia and resides in a nursing home. Some may say lively conversation is impossible with someone who has with dementia or Alzheimer’s. I say all things are possible when it comes to creativity in communication. If you try, you may even have fun conversing with your elder.
June 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am
How often do we hesitate before approaching a difficult conversation with a person we know either personally or professionally? What thoughts go through our mind? What to say? How to say it? When is the right time? How will it impact the relationship? Reflecting back on the conversations with my mom almost a decade ago, I realize how much I learned by the choices I made and how it has impacted me on many levels since then. Read more »
June 13th, 2011 at 8:14 am
The call came at 2:30 AM when I was soundly sleeping. So deep was my sleep that I did not make it to the telephone before the last ring. The Caller ID displayed the nursing home’s number. When a nursing home calls in the wee hours, what news might a family caregiver expect? Some caregivers already know what we assume in the middle of the night when the telephone rings for any reason.
July 28th, 2010 at 10:12 am
Personality-wise, some caregivers and their elders are extroverts or introverts. More commonly, some individuals display a blend of each style. As in any relationship, individual personalities and styles come into play. Caregiving is no different.