Before entering the world of caregiving, Don was an attorney for 43 years. Everything changed when his wife Nancy, got diagnosed with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) way back in 2008. He became her primary caregiver for 2 years and a half. But the scary part happened, the disease progressed rapidly and Don had no choice but to send her to memory care on 2010. It was a difficult and painful decision for him, but he knew that it was the best thing to do. On July 4th, 2012, while the whole country celebrated Independence Day, Nancy was taken to heaven and was forever freed from the shackles of her unforgiving disease.
He shared his knowledge about dementia and how important it is to have a better understanding of how to handle people who are diagnosed with the irreversible disease. He highlighted that the best approach to take care of somebody with dementia is what he calls a “person-centered” approach, where you approach the person with dementia as a viable human being because even if they were a doctor or a nurse or an engineer before, just because they have dementia, it doesn't mean they're no longer smart. They’re the same human being and we all have to remember that they're just having issues now that are making it difficult for them to recall or remember. They should be treated with love and respect because, during this period in their lives, it’s important for them to have that compassion and patience from their loved ones. It may be hard at first and it will take time for both the primary caregivers and the entire family and friends to accept and get used to, but as time goes by, everyone should slowly learn to live at the moment, to find humor on things, to never stop doing activities that are enriching to the mind and body and to find a support group for there is nothing to be ashamed of with asking for help.
Listen to the entire interview for Don and Kimberly have a handful of incredible viewpoints and lessons that we all could use. Male caregivers should not miss this as well because Don’s pieces of advice will surely help and inspire you. If you want to know more about him and the services he offers, check out his website at https://www.transitionsindementiacare.com
Don provides a free 30-minute consultation. Contact Don at 206-779-1634. You can also send him an email at email@example.com
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