When my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease more than 10 years ago, I thought my family would fall apart. My mom and her siblings had a few years earlier, lost their father. And now they would inevitably lose their mother in spirit.
At that time, I was in my early twenties and had the luxury of never really knowing the woman my family was afraid of losing. I took that opportunity to really be with her, get to know her and listen to what she had to say when she could say it. Those moments would prove valuable to me. After she was unable to live by herself, my family moved her to a care home. Although she couldn’t remember who I was when I visited, she would always remember my name. She would often count me as one of her daughters instead of her granddaughter.
Her social worker believed that she remembered me because of all those moments I spent with her before. She said, “The heart remembers what the mind forgets.” In my heart, I believe that too.
My grandmother is still alive and living in a care home. She rarely talks and sleeps more than she is awake. But I believe she’s still there, a quiet spirit in a confused body, willing us to remember that she’s still there.
My relationship with my grandmother is why one of our top posts this week really hits home for me. If you know someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, watch the video, it may bring you hope too.
Have a great week!
(Channel N) – In this informative and hopeful video, Dr. John Zeisel, President and Co-founder of Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Care, and author, explains what dementia is and how we can connect with those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Would you be surprised to find out that one of the ways they are doing so is through gardening?
(The Creative Mind) – What’s it like to be creative and suffer from bipolar disorder? Read more about this common relationship and what it’s like having bipolar disorder from the eyes and experiences of creative people.
(Mental Health Humor) – This is a win-win situation all around! Mental Health Humor’s Chato B. Stewart’s giving away 5 caricatures of his for free if we help the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) win $250,000 from Pepsi! Check out this post for more information.
(Weightless) – Have you ever wished you didn’t have taste buds or had a non-serious illness that forced you to be on a special diet so you didn’t have to choose between the pleasures of eating and being thin? It’s food for thought that’ll help you start thinking about the way you perceive yourself and your body image.
(Managing Depression Skillfully) – Yes, we’ve turned into a culture who values form over substance. Read why Managing Depression Skillfully’s Dr. Michael Yapko’s saying it’s bringing us one step closer to depression.
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Uyemura, B. (2010). Best of Our Blogs: December 7, 2010. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 18, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/12/07/best-of-our-blogs-december-7-2010/