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Christmas and dementia

Discussion in 'I have dementia' started by Norrms, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
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    A TIMELY REMINDER ABOUT DEMENTIA AT CHRISTMAS
    PLEASE SHARE

    I am often asked, “What, in layman’s terms, is dementia?”

    I often answer it this way, especially at this time of year.

    If you can imagine a Christmas tree, absolutely dripping with lights that shine as bright as you have ever seen. Have you ever wondered of the beauty of it and how it shines those lights of hope all around the world?

    Then, if you imagine that every one of those wonderful lights are your life’s memories which can be seen (remembered) at any time. Then all of a sudden, one by one, those lights go out. Slowly but surely they start to diminish until they are gone forever, never to return, all memories of loved ones, family and life’s experiences just disappear until the final one folds into darkness and we all know, unless they find a cure what this means.

    This is how I explain, in Layman’s terms what dementia is.

    BUT!! And as you know by now there is always a but with me LOL!!

    If sometimes, you give that Christmas tree a bit of a nudge!! (And I do not in any way condone shaking anyone with Dementia!! LOL) but, if you include and Engage with people who have this awful disease, sometimes, just sometimes these wonderful lights come back on, if only for a second, a few minutes or permanently, it doesn’t matter, the point is they have come back on and that memory has returned, for no matter how long.



    I hope this helps and will help people in the future to try and explain what Dementia is, especially around this time of year.

    All my love, Norrms xxxxxxxxxx
     

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  2. Julia B

    Julia B Registered User

    Apr 13, 2015
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    Thank you Normms, Christmas lights will sparkle in our house and I'll think of you, and all TP'ers, and love this explanation, and it helps me help my MiL get her own sparkle too, many hugs xx
     
  3. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    Always welcome dear friends xxxxxxxxx
     
  4. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

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    This is so lovely, thank you Normms xxx
     
  5. Grey Lad

    Grey Lad Registered User

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    Lovely thanks Normms. :) G L
     
  6. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    Thank you xxxxxxxxxxx
     
  7. Toddleo

    Toddleo Registered User

    Oct 7, 2015
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    Well Said Norrms
     
  8. exhausted 2015

    exhausted 2015 Registered User

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    Hi norrms what a beautiful way to describe this awful disease, I hope one or two lights will come back on in our home this Christmas xx
     
  9. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    And so do i my friend xxxxxxxxxx
     
  10. Sue J

    Sue J Registered User

    Dec 9, 2009
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    Your analogy is so lovely and so true Norms - lets keep hoping they find the new fuse in our brains that prevents the lights from remaining full on heh?:) Keep posting, am sure you will:)
     
  11. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    Thank you so much Sue
     
  12. Ann Mac

    Ann Mac Registered User

    Oct 17, 2013
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    Thank you Norms - shared xxxxx
     
  13. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    Thank you and yes please all share xxxxxxxx
     
  14. Ann Mac

    Ann Mac Registered User

    Oct 17, 2013
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    Friends on FB are already sharing it out, Norms xxxx
     
  15. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    Thank you Ann xxxxxxxx
     
  16. theoh

    theoh Registered User

    Nov 11, 2015
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    Shared with our student daughter who loves her dad very much but finds it all so hard to deal with and is nervous about coming home for the Christmas holidays.

    lovely words and so true

    thank you x
     
  17. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    WOW!! thank you so much xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
     
  18. Kitten71

    Kitten71 Registered User

    Jul 22, 2013
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    What a fabulous post! Thank you for sharing, it's made me feel more positive than I've felt for weeks :)
     
  19. kennedy1948

    kennedy1948 Registered User

    Oct 7, 2013
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    Huntingdon
    Thank you

    Thank you so much for your post Norrms . My husband was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia 2 years ago and I will use your brilliant description the next time I am asked to explain what it is.

    Maggie
     
  20. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    You are so welcome my friend
     

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