Last Friday, mum burst into tears when I arrived at the care home. She was upset about not being able to pay for lunch, having accumulated debts, and having to rely on others. Lunch is included and she’s not in debt, but yes, she is relying on others. Through her tears, she explained that her … Continue reading Finding the Contented Dementia formula
Is it possible to be contented if you have dementia? More importantly to me, can my mother be contented with dementia? The main reason I started this blog is to record my learning as I attempt to implement a method developed by the Contented Dementia Trust to improve the quality of life for my mother. … Continue reading Is Contented Dementia a thing?
I wrote this letter to my mother in September 2016, for The Guardian's 'A letter to...' section where readers submit the letter they 'always wanted to write'.
My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in October 2015 following a series of mini strokes that meant she no longer recognised the home she had lived in for twenty years. Following the move to a care home, I have been trying to learn how to make her days less anxious than they invariably are. … Continue reading Introduction to Julia’s dementia blog
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