Greatitudes

extras

What discoveries in the “extras” category will you make today?

CAREGIVER NOTE:

Find the things that bring them joy and provide opportunities for them to continue to experience them.

He’s looked through the seed catalogs, decided which veggies he wants to try this year and we’re just about ready for beginning the seedlings that will be transplanted into containers and the garden beds later this spring. He really enjoyed the hydroponic garden we started last year and the cherry tomatoes that lasted through New Year’s. Plans are to maintain a small container garden year round this year.

CELEBRATE!

Nurture your best you and CELEBRATE!

CAREGIVER NOTE:

Our practice of finding something positive is paying off. I no longer need to “fish” for an answer, because he can provide quite a few at a time. As he was walking out of his bedroom yesterday and I noticed he was favoring one side as he took the next step. He piped up with, “I’m walking on my own two feet and that feels good.” His smile was broad and genuine.

self-talk

Fuel up with positive self-talk every day.

CAREGIVER NOTE:

Frustrations with memory loss add up to lots of despair and frustrations. It’s so important to find the positives throughout the day. What’s going right in this moment. Try not to lose sight of that — for yourself as the caregiver and for the person you’re caring for. We had a short conversation yesterday doing just that and it was wonderful to hear his own realizations of how well he was doing and that he was happy despite the fact that his brain wasn’t cooperating like he wanted it to be when trying to resolve a problem he was experiencing. Grateful for his ability to verbalize and find some positives in the moment. This allowed him to reframe the situation on his own and move on, at least for the rest of the afternoon. I’m sure we’ll revisit things again today.