Rewiring My Brain and Stepping into Alzheimer's World

Once you start to understand how things work in Alzheimer's World you get calm and comfortable. Once you get calm and comfortable you give off a better "vibe" to someone that has Alzheimer's.

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  1. I would find a new way to communicate with my mother who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

    I wrote that on my da Vinci pad in 2004. This was at the same time I was coming to another conclusion, something had to change and that something was me.

    I did not perceived the changes in communication as being difficult. After all, I had been studying communication and decision making all the way back to college days, and ever since. I figured some practice and I would get the hang of it.

    What I did not immediately perceive was how difficult it would be to change all the things I had learned over the course of my life. 

    For example, I had to learn how NOT to feel bad when my mother said something mean spirited to me.

    I knew consciously that every time my mother said something "mean" to me, she didn't mean it. I knew this because she never said any of those things to me before dementia started affecting her brain. Her ability to think and feel. 

    So, I knew it was Alzheimer's that was causing her to be so "mean".

    Nevertheless, when Dotty said something mean, and even though I knew she didn't mean it, I still felt sad, angry, and often snapped back at her. In other words, I reacted the way I would react to anyone that treated me in that way.

    All I can say is, Wowie Zowie. It is very hard and very difficult to change patterns of behavior that you learned over 50 years. 

    I had to rewire my brain. 


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