By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener
Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each element of anyone s existence. The problem of speaking ideas and emotions might be made even more durable via different people's adverse perceptions of dementia.
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After talking with Linda and her family over several months, we were able to design a putting green for her in her backyard. Linda’s family also started taking her to the driving range, where she could continue to practice golf. Even though Linda could not play 18 holes of golf, she was able to go out in her backyard and continue in her previous role. By making golf easier, she could stay active in a lifelong role. The result for Linda was positive. Linda had an immediate increase in physical activity, her depression lessened, and she had a more positive outlook about her future.
Again, people with memory loss and their family members have shared with me many examples of successful ways to keep family roles alive and well. One father–daughter pair was very creative in the how they kept their relationship alive. First, they agreed that when the father made a mistake they would both do their best not to take the error to heart, but instead often laughed at the mistake. The father would sometimes forget to put on socks with his shoes or would have mismatched socks—a simple mistake, but sometimes embarrassing if it would happen in public.
Community roles, along with work roles, are also some of the 54 / A PERSONAL GUIDE TO LIVING WITH PROGRESSIVE MEMORY LOSS first roles that are dropped or changed after a diagnosis of progressive memory loss.