Monday, 27 January 2014

Suffering from dementia?

As you will have gathered from my previous post, I don't believe my wife is suffering now.  Of course, if her pre-dementia self could see her now and realise all that has been lost, it would be very distressing  -  to her pre-dementia self (as it is for me if I think about it).  But as she is now, she isn't aware of what she has lost so isn't distressed about that.

This article by a person living with dementia questions the common usage 'suffering from dementia':

http://www.thanksforthememory.org.uk/announcements/living-with-alzheimer-s-not-suffering-with-it

I think such articles serve a very useful purpose in reminding us that not all people living with dementia suffer.

However, it is clear that many do.  And certainly there have been points during my wife's journey when she has suffered, as my earliest posts demonstrate.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing that article. It is very inspiring. I also agree that not all people who have dementia really suffers. I was reading dementia blogs earlier when I stumbled upon the website of a company called GeriJoy. Their aim is to help dementia patients by providing a virtual pet or companion that can talk to the patients on a daily basis to keep them happy and entertained. They have workers who operate the virtual pets and not only that - they can also report if something happened to the patient. Isn't it interesting? I am really happy that this kind of innovative technology can really help dementia patients. I also checked their customer videos and found out that it really works for them. You might want to check it out too. Their website is http://gerijoy.com/

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