Today's Dear Abby newspaper column contains a letter from one of her readers that I want to share with you. A woman from Kansas wrote in to Dear Abby to share that visiting her mother-in-law, who was in a nursing home with dementia, was difficult because she didn't know what to talk about with her. Maybe you've been in those shoes?
One day, this woman found her mother-in-law's address book, and decided to take it with her on her visits. She started at the beginning and asked her mother-in-law to tell her about each person listed. Her mother-in-law was able to share engaging stories and reminisce about the person, turning their visits into a great exercise for both her head and her heart. This tradition of story-telling lasted well into the later stages of her . What an enjoyable and rich way to spend for them to spend time together.
Whether it's Alzheimer's or another kind of dementia, people with memory loss often enjoy sharing stories from the past. While coping with dementia can be a challenge, this is a great way to make the most of your time with your loved one.