When someone has Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia their brains are damaged. As the disease progresses the damage in their brains gets worse. The person looks mostly the same on the outside but there are significant changes on the inside.
We often assume our loved ones dealing with cognitive impairment are the same person they always were. They don’t look any different – there’s no noticeable change – so it’s hard to comprehend how much they’re changing. We expect them to act like they person they always were – like the person who raised us or the person we always knew. But we can’t do that because they’ve changed.
In this episode we discuss how we need to change our expectations. Their reality has changed and so has ours. We can’t make them better but we can make them more comfortable wherever they are.
I hope this helps episode helps you enjoy your time with your loved one a little more than you did before.
Thanks so much for listening!