I saw this recently on Facebook regarding best practices for interacting and conversing with those disabled by dementia and Alzheimer’s…
Never ARGUE, instead AGREE
Never REASON, instead DIVERT
Never SHAME, instead DISTRACT
Never LECTURE, instead REASSURE
Never say “REMEMBER”, instead REMINISCE
Never say “I TOLD YOU”, instead REPEAT/REGROUP
Never say “YOU CAN’T”, instead do what THEY CAN
Never COMMAND/DEMAND, instead ASK/MODEL
Never CONDESCEND, instead ENCOURAGE
Never FORCE, instead REINFORCE
Nothing more needs to be said other than this is a keeper.
I’ve had friends occasionally ask how they can help fight Alzheimer’s financially. Of course there’s always your favorite Alzheimer’s charity. But if you haven’t heard, there’s now an inexpensive, highly effective way that became possible in December. And that’s the new Alzheimer’s postage stamp.
It costs 60 cents, about a dime more than the regular first class stamp. That dime goes to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Alzheimer’s research. Every little bit adds up, especially if the Post Office sells all 500-million stamps it printed. So put this stamp on all your bills and letters. I am.
An interesting story lies behind how this stamp came to be. I’ll share this with you soon.
I hope you had a good holiday season.
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P.S.S. My book A Path Revealed: How Hope, Love, and Joy Found Us Deep in a Maze Called Alzheimer’s can be ordered from any bookstore or found on Amazon.