I have been living with dementia since formal diagnosis in 2010 [and the reality that it started a number of years before that].
Objectively, there is no cure for the neurodegenerative condition I have and generally progression constant.
Subjectively I feel much better now than I did when I was diagnosed.
Over the years, I learned much from other persons living with dementia who live WELL. A number of them write about their experiences in blogs and in groups on Facebook.
I’ve tried to integrate the observations and successes with my training in psychology and practice over 35 years.
I feel better now than I did six years ago. I have medications that do not cure but do help control the symptoms I found most troublesome. I reprioritized my life and focus my energy on those activities most important to me, my family, and others. Even when others cannot fully understand why I do certain things, I take solace in the fact that I have concluded that there is a higher power in the universe and that it is my responsibility to try to understand her and convey what I believe I understand to others.
Click on the image below to see some of the ways I believe one can redirect feelings of anger and despair into living well with dementia and minimize the stress on family and friends.