Posted on: March 10, 2015 | 1 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 increase in Mom’s antidepressants helped. Mom started going to more activities and wasn’t calling me as many times per day. She also made a few friends that she would have meals with. She seemed a bit more relaxed and at ease when we were together and she wasn't always talking about how unhappy she was.
I began to hope things were going to get better and that maybe Mom would settle into her new life. The Assisted Living facility was really very nice, the staff were kind and there were opportunities for her to do things during the day if she was willing to participate. I think the adjustment for Mom was like starting at a new school. She needed to get to know the people and the way things worked. I guess I thought this would be easy for her since she had moved and changed schools so much growing up. Mom had always been able to walk into a room of strangers and make everyone feel comfortable. She had never been afraid of just starting up conversations or joining in and she had always made friends very easily.