Want your dementia care and final life experiences to be good ones? Take a series of “final stands” where you continue to express what you want. Your friends, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers cannot read your mind. Try to communicate with them through written words, conversations, or visual diagrams.
Before dementia becomes too advanced you need to make some decisions about how you wish to be treated as your cognitive, emotional, and social skills get worse. And you need to make sure that those who care for you, help you, and are important parts of your life know what you want.
I’ve shown a few topics you might want to consider along with your family, friends, caregivers, and healthcare providers in the mind model (map) below.
Click on the image to expand it.
Do your homework and express what you hope to experience and achieve in the final stages of your dementia. Even as dementia causes increasing problems, you can still enjoy life and lead one of high quality.
Plan, enjoy, communicate, live a high quality of end-of-life experiences, and work to achieve your goals with others. Stay as independent as you can, be nice, cooperate, negotiate, and plan.
Early Friday morning Hurricane Florence is going right over my house. The predicted storm center path this for Category 4 hurricane (150 mph) is directly over my town near Raleigh, North Carolina. Expected rainfall is between 10 and 20 inches. Some areas will get 48 inches.
About one year ago, Hurricane Maria went over Puerto Rico, a part of the United States. All the lights went out. All of them. Most of the island was destroyed. And there was no fresh, safe water.
A few days after the storm President Trump announced that 65 people had died. The US government and especially President Trump still cites that number as evidence he does “the best job in the history of the United States” in disaster relief.
Independent studies by two major university Departments of Public Health have shown that 3,000 US citizens in Puerto Rico died. One year later (an hour ago), President Trump continues to tweet that his relief efforts in Puerto Rico were about perfect. The statistics of that relief effort shows that the aftermath of Hurricane Maria was one of the most incompetent relief efforts in USA history.
Just watch the video. And consider that parts of Puerto Rico do not have drinkable water or electricity after a year. And people were drinking drain water from a nuclear waste site for months in Puerto Rico.
I know I will be OK. President Trump says so.
[This morning, the computer predicted path models for the eye of the storm have been revised. The hurricane might go somewhat south of my home, although the path is still quite unpredictable. But there is no victory in that. The new predicted path has the storm going over two major US cities: Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Death tolls could be event high if the path changes.]