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This hits particularly close. Even as a child, we lost two family friends and neighbors due to tragic accidents because of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. So sharing this. When I was younger I volunteered at a convalescent home. Compassion is what is needed most. Compassion and love. Their world is so scary and lonely. Giving compassion, understanding, love, and some peace is so valuable in such a frightening situation. Please read and share. Thank you.● If I get dementia, I want my friends and family to embrace my reality. If I think my spouse is still alive, or if I think we’re visiting my parents for dinner, let me believe those things. I’ll be much happier for it.

● If I get dementia, don’t argue with me about what is true for me versus what is true for you.

● If I get dementia, and I am not sure who you are, do not take it personally. My timeline is confusing to me.

● If I get dementia, and can no longer use utensils, do not start feeding me. Instead, switch me to a finger-food diet, and see if I can still feed myself.

● If I get dementia, and I am sad or anxious, hold my hand and listen. Do not tell me that my feelings are unfounded.

● If I get dementia, I don’t want to be treated like a child. Talk to me like the adult that I am.

● If I get dementia, I still want to enjoy the things that I’ve always enjoyed. Help me find a way to exercise, read, and visit with friends.

● If I get dementia, ask me to tell you a story from my past.

● If I get dementia, and I become agitated, take the time to figure out what is bothering me.

● If I get dementia, treat me the way that you would want to be treated.

● If I get dementia, make sure that there are plenty of snacks for me in the house. Even know if I don’t eat I get angry, and if I have dementia, I may have trouble explaining what I need.

● If I get dementia, don’t talk about me as if I’m not in the room.

● If I get dementia, don’t feel guilty if you cannot care for me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s not your fault, and you’ve done your best. Find someone who can help you, or choose a great new place for me to live.

● If I get dementia, and I live in a dementia care community, please visit me often.

● If I get dementia, don’t act frustrated if I mix up names, events, or places. Take a deep breath. It’s not my fault.

● If I get dementia, make sure I always have my favorite music playing within earshot.

● If I get dementia, and I like to pick up items and carry them around, help me return those items to their original place.

● If I get dementia, don’t exclude me from parties and family gatherings.

● If I get dementia, know that I still like receiving hugs or handshakes.

● If I get dementia, remember that I am still the person you know and love.”

ᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴀsᴛᴇ in Honor of someone you know or knew who has dementia. In Honor of all those I know and love and lost who are fighting Dementia/Alzheimer’s.