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Chapter 9 – Jamie’s Journey

Posted on: January 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Note: In 2007, Jamie Wilson Headley (founder and CEO of Dementia Services Group) began the complicated process of helping her once-independent mother adjust to life with dementia.
These are the challenges that one woman faced, but although Jamie's Journey is deeply personal, it is also universal. We hope that her trials and triumphs will shed light on the emotional and logistical issues that come with caring someone with dementia.
The trip to the neurologist was disappointing. It is not that her doctors were not good doctors or that they didn’t care about her as a patient. But the reality is that there really is not anything a doctor can do for Alzheimer’s other than try to manage some of the symptoms.   There is no cure or even a real treatment for most irreversible dementias. So the only thing the doctor can do is look at options to control depression and anxiety and manage any other symptoms that may arise. I am sure it is frustrating for the physicians as well. Mom was just as frustrated and the only hope we had was that the increased anti-depressant would help.
MOM JAMIE KENDALL SCOTT 2
Nice place, nice people, but bored. This makes me feel ungrateful for all I have. Back hurts and head hurts, lack of energy, tired. Bored no energy. Feel isolated. No energy is this building, it is beautiful and tranquil, but no good ‘city’ energy like in Chicago. NONE here. Could walk ½ block to main street so there is some noise, people, shops, cars, etc. Hate the dinning room here. Never would go to cafeteria style dinning ever. Really hate the dinning room. My apartment however is just great! I love it. Staff is great! Other inmates are friendly, nice. Have not gotten involved in anything or made special friend. Do go to some activities. Head ache and back aches at least ½ the time. Get tired of pushing self through the aches. Do go to lunch and supper and always interact with people.Excerpt from Mom's Journal
 



Jamie's Journey

In 2007, Jamie Wilson (founder and CEO of Dementia Services Group) began the complicated process of helping her once-independent mother adjust to life with dementia.

Jamie's Journey is deeply personal, but also universal. We hope that her trials and triumphs will shed light on the emotional and logistical issues that come with caring for someone with dementia.

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