Short term psychiatric rehab c...

Someone, you know is having bipolar disorder? Then probably you should be knowing how short-term psychiatric rehab center can help. What is Short-term Psychiatric Rehabilitation? Short term psychiatric rehabilitation is one among the effective treatment option for bipolar disorder. Also, the best way to guide the individual reintegrate back into society and live a productive […]

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Managing Stress in Addiction R...

Addiction recovery involves rebuilding a life that includes enhanced responsibility—that can increase stress. Stress, like emotions, none of us wants to experience. What makes you strong and resilient in your recovery, however, is how you handle the unavoidable reality of life. Addiction recovery is all about driving the wave of life and not letting the […]

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Painkiller Addiction is Real

A recent survey by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) suggests that – globally, 5.6% of people (i.e 275 million) use painkillers/ prescribed opioid/ tranquilizers on a regular basis. The average age of the users is 15-64 years of age. Also, the World Drug Report suggests that painkillers/ prescribed opioid/ tranquilizers contribute […]

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Treatment Options for Alzheime...

Mrs S’s 70-year-old husband forgot to pick the grandkids from school today. She did notice something has been up with him lately but just couldn’t understand what. Is old age catching up to him? He never remembers anything she tells him to do these days. Sometimes he has difficulty remembering the names of some family […]

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Acceptance in Addiction Recove...

What does Acceptance mean in Addiction Recovery? Addiction to drugs or alcohol is like the ‘monkey on the back’. When your life has been affected by it, it’s easy to beat yourself up and feel excessive guilt and shame. But that sort of behaviour is never going to drive you to commit to the life-long […]

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My Dad and Dementia

Dementia

Hello, everyone! Am Naaz (name changed), working as a writer in a reputed company. All am going to share is a few words about my lovely dad’s dementia.

Like every other kid in this world, I too grew up by seeing my dad as a hero. His biggest plus is being nice to everyone without any reason. Now am running 27 years old and I can understand how difficult is to be nice to all – in simple I can tell it as “tough job” and those days being a marketing person my dad might have had a hectic work at the office and soon after reaching home he should play with me. Like how he did those days, it made my life feel so cheerful and happy.Now I can’t do that to my kid Mira in spite of being a writer.

When my dad was diagnosed dementia we all were returning home with speechless tears. He asked us with a small smile on his face “so I can marry a girl and just I have to lie I forgot, right”. We all started laughing, in that situation my ultimate worry was how will I console my dad and mom and how they might take this. Hopefully, my dad took that responsibility and convinced my mother by cracking some jokes around and lowered all our stress and strains. I can understand the tears behind that fake smile. This is the reason I love my Dad so much

Once dementia got serious, the doctor told us to take care his health and don’t let him anywhere alone. Yes! The result is very hard to digest “One day he might forget his name and us also, right”. What can be more painful for a wife and daughter being a victim of a wonderful person suffering from dementia?

One day he went to buy a milk packet and forgot to give the money to the vendor. A month later  he forgot actually why he went to the milk shop and about 2 months later he just sat on the floor in the milk shop for half an hour “he forgot where his house was”.

He didn’t convey to us any of the symptoms. Might be he was thinking “he shouldn’t be a burden to us”. We thought he was normal and okay only because he didn’t tell us anything and just acted like he was normal. Soon one day I was searching for him all-around the house and streets as well, but sadly to say couldn’t find him anywhere. The last time we saw him was while he was packing a gift for my birthday for the following next day. Might be he went to buy a surprise gift for me and lost his way to the house. Still, we are trying to trace him all around but unable to find him literally we don’t know whether he is living or not. By now you might have known what dementia is capable of. So don’t take this dementia as a normal disorder or think it will cure by itself. Please don’t suffer like us, we lost him because of our carelessness. Beware of dementia and take care of your loved one and seek professional help. Other articles related to dementia are:

  1. What are the other medical problems associated with Dementia? When to reach out for help?
  2. .How does one cope with Dementia? Is there a checklist that helps?
  3. How to beat stigma around Dementia and reach out for help
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