Cheers To The New Year
It’s hard to believe another year is about to pass. Each year we all have our own ups and downs. It’s called life. Most of us look back over the year and take a conscious count of the events that have occurred and give thought to what changes we would like to see come true in the coming year.
For those dealing with dementia; having the diagnosis personally, caring for a loved one or providing services; wishes for 2017, may vary depending on where we are at in the disease process and how we are maintaining emotionally with the disease.
There is no cure. We can all wish for one, but deep inside we know even if one is found tomorrow it won’t affect our lives next year due to the time frame to get a new medication approved for the public. Yet a wish for a cure can help other families avoid the struggles, stigmas and stress that come with a diagnosis. I still encourage you all to add this to your wish list.
Some Pray For Slow Progression And More Time,
Others Will Pray For An End
For 2017, some people will wish dementia’s progression slows down, halts or even reverses. Others will pray for the end to come for themselves or the person the love dearly diagnosed to pass. At this time, I ask people not to judge others. This disease is a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts.
I can honestly say, although my mother’s dementia was a lengthy journey of thirty years, I wouldn’t have given up one second with her. For me, her disease was a gift, yet I have met many people both living with dementia and those caring for them where this is not the case.
Keep in mind the saying “When you’ve met one person with dementia you’ve met one.” But in addition, know the same goes for Care Partners.
As 2016, passes I am thankful for many people in my life including those that believe in and follow our work here at Alzheimer’s Speaks. My life is rich with both family and friends; as well as being privileged to do work I love and having the opportunity to help shift our dementia care culture.
For 2017, more than ever I wish for peace on many levels. Peace to those diagnosed with dementia, peace for care partners caring for loved ones, peace for professionals providing services, products or tools to those dealing with dementia, peace in our families, organizations, communities, cities, states, countries and governments.
May magnificent collaborations improve dementia care and progress in dementia research.
Thank you all for the love and support you have shown Alzheimer’s Speaks.
May you each be showered with blessing in 2017.
Lori La Bey, Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks