I am not new to this. We have been dealing with loads of issues with my husband’s vascular dementia. At this point in my husband’s life, I can’t seem to get him to go anywhere. He always wants to just stay home. He gets angry over everything. Like I said, we are not new to it all, but new things are happening. I guess I just need to know how others cope with it and stay strong and not feel hurt in front of him. I know this is not my husband, really – he is the kindest man ever – just now not always.
No matter how long you deal with a form of dementia, it never seems to get easier. Changes take place daily and you just never know what to expect when you wake up in the morning. Your loved ones change into a person you no longer recognize and yet, your love for them remains. Everyone deals with these changes and the heartbreak of witnessing the changes differently. I would like to open your question up for our readers to help with. For me, having good friends to confide in helped tremendously. Exercising when I could helped. Reading and listening to music could be a good distraction if I was able to find the time. Some keep journals, some meditate, do yoga, watch TV, play with a pet, clean house, keep life as “normal” as possible, keep a regular schedule…the list can go on and on. So, readers…what have you done to cope with changes in your loved one? How do you hide your sadness and despair?