Modern Love: Sustaining relationships in the face of memory loss

Modern Love: Sustaining relationships in the face of memory loss

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA

Thank you to our presenters:
Kelly Glazer Baldwin, LCSW, Micheal Pope, CEO Alzheimers Services of the East Bay, Larry Yabroff, PH.D, Psychologist
Thank you to AHWGO forum organizers and moderators:
Rachael Friedman Psy. D., Donna Schempp LCSW
THE TAKEAWAY:
The challenge of copying with the feeling of loss and real aloneness with a partner who has dementiaCircle of Care: We are not meant to give care aloneBe compassionate with your friends who are overwhelmed and fearful of your situationIt is ok to grieve and it is ok to be joyful even in the face of griefPractice to be in the moment: Have no expectationsMeet people wherever they are – this is new whenever you open the door!There are ways to connect besides words: Music, touch, smell (aroma therapy)The resiliency we have in us comes as supriseMeaning is in the work you do, not in the achievement
Do not forget: You need to take care of yourself in order to give care. 40% of caregivers die before their spouses.
Books recommended by panelists:
Marc Agronin, How We Age
Ann Basting: Forget Memory
Frances Kakagawa: Breaking The Silence. A Caregiver Voice
Frank Ostaseski: 5 Invitations, Discovering what Death can teach us about Living Fully

Watch the forum here.

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