Just because I’m having trouble with my short-term memory doesn’t make it OK to exclude me from discussions about me

Just because your loved one has dementia, please treat him or her as a thinking, feeling person who has feelings. Don’t disregard them or exclude them from conversation.

Dealing with Dementia

I’m writing this post recognizing that I’m really kinda angry. I know I can get a little “righteous” but I’m seeing families work around their loved ones instead of with them.

I know often, it’s easier to to just do things for someone. Please imagine how you would feel if you suddenly found yourself on the outside when choices about your health and finances were made for you?

Maybe you had a discussion about the topic, but for someone with short-term memory loss they won’t remember that, so are there other ways to help include and remind them of the discussion and decisions made? A notebook, email or texts?

I’m working with a new client and she told me she went to the bank to get a copy of her last statement and her son and POA had changed her statements to paperless. She knows she can’t recall the amount…

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