As Valentine’s Day is approaching, you know that because your loved one is challenged by his/her dementia, it does not mean that the two of you cannot have meaningful moments. However, remember to keepthings simple and reduce a lot of noise and confusion for them when you want to share a moment.
There is an old expression which says "use it or lose it!" That has proven to be quite true. So, yes, it is good to keep your mind and your body active.
One of the medical journals/newsletters which I read and refer to a lot is from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. It is called "Mind, Mood & Memory." It is a monthly publication which addresses many of the issues involving our minds, our moods and our memories. In one of these newsletters, they wrote about an acronym (making a word out of the first letters in a series of words) called "GULP"....
Caregiver respite advice and an alternative way of looking at journaling which can still provide the same benefits!