Keep writing your insights for us all. You’re helping people understand how it is to live with dementia. And through understanding you comes compassion and empathy for all.
A common dementia symptom is my sound-processing disorder; trying to unscramble numerous connected sounds into words, sentences and thought sequences, in order to understand what someone is telling me costs me a lot more energy than it used to.
Trying to find words best representing my thoughts is no longer second-nature either; it is a lot of work.
I enjoy time spent with you but:
Do not expect sustained conversation with me. Bring one or two slow-speaking (and slow-moving) friends and you can chat in my presence – letting me just speak up occasionally rather than requiring me to pull one-half of conversation. Or maybe we could “chat” while doing something else, lessening my burden for carrying a conversation, like while walking, or gathering firewood, or washing dishes…
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