Dementia and the Christmas tree

Discussion in 'I have dementia' started by Norrms, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Dementia And The
    Christmas Tree
    By Norrms McNamara
    I am often asked “What, in layman’s terms, is Dementia?” and 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 xxxx
     

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  2. tryingmybest

    tryingmybest Registered User

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    Thank you for this xx
     
  3. Graybiker

    Graybiker Registered User

    Oct 3, 2017
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    I think that’s a wonderful analogy,
    Thank you :)
     
  4. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Thank you xx
     
  5. maryjoan

    maryjoan Registered User

    Mar 25, 2017
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    Brilliant! I am glad I read this. I sometimes take my glasses off ( very short sighted) and look at the lights on the Christmas Tree - I see a wonder that no one else does as the lights merge and twinkle - Lucky me :)
     
  6. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

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    xxxxxxxxx
     
  7. Martarita

    Martarita Registered User

    May 11, 2018
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    What what a beautiful sad and lovely way to explain Dementia. Thank you .X
     
  8. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Your welcome
     
  9. AliceA

    AliceA Registered User

    May 27, 2016
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    What a wonderful way of describing, I love your humour too. X
     
  10. Bunpoots

    Bunpoots Registered User

    Apr 1, 2016
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