Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Alzheimer's Blogging:

There is life after dementia.  I have to share this with you. I just had a patient on my ambulance that is 91 yrs old.  He has been married to his  wife for 8 yrs. Yes this is his second marriage. We found his wife sitting on a chair crying. He seemed to be feeling alright, but was frightened for his wife. As we transferred him to our gurney, he kept calling out to his wife, telling her that he loves her. Whether we are famous like Glen Campbell or just a person with a normal life there is life after dementia. I guess I needed to put some positive note on this subject today.  Let me share with you this poem.

The longer I live, the more I realized the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or  break a company...a church...a home.  The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude...I AM CONVINCED THAT LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO ME AND 90% HOW I REACT TO IT.
Marie Fostino
Alzheimer's A Caretakers Journal
Seaboard Press An Imprint of James A Rock Pub., Co.

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