Tuesday 24 April 2012

U is for Understanding

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight...Proverbs 3:5-6

I have tried to understand why and how mum has dementia, why our family, why now, why after looking after my dad did she then go on to develop it and what other factors played a hand - was it the isolation, being consumed by dads illness?, loosing a support network?, could it have been her high blood pressure, depression, food or environmental?  What was the trigger...

With so much people being affected it makes you wonder why a cure cannot yet be found, we hear so much information - suggestions and solutions in the news papers every other day.   In undersanding the frailty of the life we sometimes take for granted things that we can do now.  I know that in my own understanding I do not hold the answers but we can often miss the now as we focus on what we can no longer do.....

Words so far....

A is for Alzheimer’s, B is for Behaviour, C is for Carer, D is for Dependant, E is for Enough, F is for Fear, G is for Guilt, H is for Health Professionals, I is forIdentity, J is for Judgement K is for Knowledge, L is for Love,  M is for Motherhood, N is for Neighbourhood, O is for Opportunities P is for Purpose, Q is for Quietness, R is for Regret, S is for Strategies, T is for Tradition

These posts are part of the A-Z Challenge taking place during the month of April.  I have been sharing about my experience as a carer to a mother with Dementia.  If you would like to know more join the Arts in Health Network and also check out my website for information on some of the work I have done with Creativity and Dementia.


  1. I wonder why, too?! I know a neighbor has it and now my aunt. I think our diet has a lot to do with it. I think we need to eat what God provided! There aren't any cookie bushes or doughnut trees. Processed foods do really mess up our bodies. I think of those signs at the Zoo. Please don't feed the animals. They have a special diet...yeah, so do we~

  2. Ella, Im having to change my diet big time, as I've become allergic to wheat and dairy, they definitely have to do more research.

  3. Hi Amanda .. I'm just grateful my uncle, nor my mother went the dementia direction .. in fact funny story re my Ma ...

    Yesterday I said I was going to go home before it rained, and said Janice would be in to see her this morning ... without batting an eyelid - she said:

    "So you won't need your SouWester then" ... for someone who hardly talks now - but obviously whose brain is still there ... I just laughed uproariously ..

    I feel for you Amanda - and we wonder why things happen .. with many thoughts .. Hilary

  4. Hilary, thats funny, she definitely has more to her than she's letting on!


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