Assisted Living & Memory Support Residences
Central Denver, E. 8th Ave. at Jersey St.
To learn more call 303-770-7673
When a loved one has a memory loss illness, enjoying time together can become challenging. It’s natural to focus on what’s lost. Although you know abilities will change, you don’t know how or when. This can cause “anticipatory grief” and add even more heaviness to the situation.
What’s the antidote? Enjoying the way things are at this moment! Stay present and focus on the strengths that remain. Create opportunities around those strengths, which will promote successful moments. Meaningful activities are ones that nurture positive feelings and a sense of connection. Look at ways of creating meaningful activities throughout all the stages of dementia. Don’t give up too early or withdraw from engagement when it’s actually still possible. We all need to have fun, feel successful, be social and to connect with others. People with memory loss feel the same way.
This workshop will help caregivers develop strategies that draw on both past and present interests and abilities. You’ll be able to enhance opportunities for meaningful exchange while adjusting to different stages of the disease.
Megan Carnarius, RN, NHA