Letters - Fall 2018
Here’s what some readers had to say about our fall issue.
Thank you so much for helping me out with this journey I have begun. Your magazine has a tremendous amount of information in it that is all the more valuable because it has such local sources.
Dementia Connections reader
Your website is amazing. It provides a lot of very useful information from different contributors resulting in a final product that is both very elegant and professional.
Hi Ms. Poole,
I happened to come across your magazine while searching the internet and wanted to tell you how informative and fantastic I thought it was. I live in New Jersey and I’d love to receive a magazine like this for free. In addition, it would be wonderful to see an issue including the certified recreation therapist and their role in being the qualified provider for recreation therapy in the home for people living with dementia.
Karen Barrack, MA, CTRS, CDP
Life Vision Health, LLC
Thank you for your insightful and interesting magazine.
Your work is much appreciated.
I have dementia in my family and will likely have it myself one day. As such, I’m very curious about the various stages a person who is diagnosed with dementia may experience.
Three specific things in the latest volume (Fall 2018) were of special interest to me:
1. “Nothing About Us Without Us”. Specifically, her mention of when she decided to stop doing her own banking
2. Q&A with Dr. David Hogan about driving.
This was superb! Especially the great question and the very clear answer to “What are the signs that it’s time [...] to stop driving.”
I was also encouraged with the sidebar: “7 tips for safe driving with dementia”— so it is possible! I want to learn more about it.
3. On the inside of the back cover page, there is an ad for Dementia Alliance International. The ad tells the story of Kris McElroy. I found the last paragraph very encouraging:
“Today, a year later since his dementia diagnosis, Kris ... continues to live independently with the help and support of his devices”— wonderful!
My mom has dementia. A few nights ago I slept over at my mom’s place. She came in and woke me up and asked about the kids. [She was] wondering when they were coming home? I told her I was there and her response was, “No silly, the little ones.” I asked her who [she mean’t]. She said, “You know, Clint, Penny, Glen and Tammy.” I told her, “I am Penny,” and she asked how old I was. I told her, “54.” She [said], “Oh wow! That makes me old.” I explained to her that Tammy lives with her husband, Glen lives with his girlfriend and Clinton is in the hospital with his dementia. Mom remembered Clinton’s in the hospital and not getting out. So, after the small talk she settled down and finally went to bed. This is hard realizing that your mom doesn’t realize the kids are all grown up and not living at home anymore.