In this episode of Caregivers Stories, I interview Kate Hanley, who is a former caregiver (Old Forge, New York) and now, an author Breakfast Memories: A Dementia Love Story. Kate shares many things; one of the many, she answers my questions about what people should know when it comes to dementia or those with dementia? Kate says, "show up," be in the moment Kimberly, and I promise you I witnessed it myself Kimberly, yeah, is a memory there, if, in fact, your loved one doesn't know who you are. They can't say it because it's in their mind, but their heart knows it, there's some. There's a purpose behind their smile. Yeah, Absolutely. And she's definitely, I think that was the hardest part for me. And being the child that wanted to take this on, she was the one who decided on saying she was the one that managed everybody so for her to be able to not totally give it up, but for the most part, that's very difficult so I had to find the kindness and the way to go about doing it without getting into a fight with her argument because it's not worth her time here. To do that, I definitely had to learn that very quickly that not to argue just to agree or redirect and move on, because otherwise we'd be fighting all the time and it's not worth being on this planet with her and not enjoying the time I have right
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