Caring for a person with a dementia or a memory loss component (due to another disease) can be a bit of a maze for anyone. Never quite knowing what will spark a memory or trigger an angry moment; but here is a road perhaps best left untraveled. Wednesday of this week is the anniversary of 9/11; and certainly there will many who will be taking this anniversary to heart.
Remembering for most of us is a very good thing. However for those having trouble connecting the dots, this can be very traumatic and shattering. As a caregiver, it might be a wise idea to plan a day without TV news or travel to parks or government buildings. Record favorite shows ahead or watching movies will help for the person who cannot go without TV. Spending time in the backyard with picnics and other outside activities may work better than going to a park.
This activity is not to take away from the 9/11 survivors or those who gave so much. It is a way to have respect and added meaning to a time in our lives when the world was no longer safe and every corner was a possible void. People with memory loss and dementia do not remember all that has taken place since a memory, they only feel and hear the event. For them remembering 9/11 as though it is happening right now; is only another way to let our enemy’s win.