Kindness, graciousness, patience and understanding. It all goes a long way in the daily lives of dementia patients. What do you think is required for a society to reach that stage?
By Melissa Chan
There’s a lot of talk out there on the net about what it feels like to loose your ability to remember and have the right sense of time and space around you.
So, the quickest and easiest way to describe partial bits of that experience would be this:
Imagine going for a huge night out (in rarity we hope) and getting trashed. So trashed that you wake up the next morning and force yourself to remember how you got home but can’t. You sit by your bedside for a half-hour channeling all your energy (whatever that’s left) into figuring out and stitching your memory back together. But it just doesn’t seem to come back to you, and you’re not sure if it ever will.
Now, imagine going through that cycle 24/7.
Coupled with memory loss, there’s a whole set of confusion that is involved in how a patient with Alzheimer’s sees the world.
Here’s a clip that might help you visualise that experience.
This video was the Alzheimer’s Society’s effort to help educate and create a dementia-friendly community in the UK.