Alzheimer’s Acceptance Series

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Have you all seen our new Alzheimer’s Acceptance page? If not then go and check it out! The page is all about the Alzheimer’s Acceptance series which was one of the first blog series I wrote on the page. The Alzheimer’s Acceptance page can be found under the Blogapedia drop-down list, which can be found under the Blogs drop-down!

Alzheimer’s Acceptance page

The Alzheimer’s Acceptance page marks the start of the long list of changes that are going to be coming to the Blogapedia page on my site. I have always wanted to change the Blogapedia page but was never really sure what to do until now. There will be a more in-depth blog on this in the next few days but to cut a long story short each blog series that I have written on the page will be getting it’s own separate page on the site.

If you do what to see what the newer page looks like please click the link above. The Alzheimer’s Acceptance is still in the Blogapedia page too so take a look at the new design using the link below. It will be happening to every series in the Blogapedia when I get a chance!

Blogapedia is available here

So, what exactly is the Alzheimer’s Acceptance series?

The Alzheimer’s Acceptance series is the first series that I ever created on the page and as you can imagine from the name is all about helping people to accept what Alzheimer’s is, the effect it can have on the person with the condition as well as the effect it can have on that persons friends and family.

The series mixes both informative blogs as well as personal stories to give a real view on how Alzheimer’s can affect you and your loved ones. I share a story about the first time my grandmother forgot who I was to show, even though it hurts a lot, Accepting Alzheimer’s is something that we all need to try and do in life. Accepting the condition allows us to process it and plan how we are going to adapt and help the person suffering.

As well as the little story that I write, I do go through how I learned to accept Alzheimer’s in the fourth blog in the series. It was quite hard to write at the time for me as I found it a very emotional topic to discuss but I kept on going as I felt like the message was a really important one to portray and show people.

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Do you like the new Alzheimer’s Acceptance series? Are there any changes that you want to see come to my page? What do you think of Alzheimer’s Acceptance? Have you had to accept that someone has Alzheimer’s before? How did you do it? Did you find it difficult? Let me know what you think either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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Alzheimer’s Avoidance – Blog 10: Accepting Alzheimer’s

Accepting Alzheimer’s is a concept that a lot of people take a while to understand. I understand first hand how hard it is to accept that someone you love has the condition but if we don’t accept it then it’s going to negatively impact not only us but the actual person with Alzheimer’s down the line. Today’s blog will be looking at Alzheimer’s Acceptance in regards to reducing your chance of getting the condition!

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Today’s blog is going to be the 10th blog in the Alzheimer’s Avoidance series and is all about how Accepting Alzheimer’s can help reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer’s in the future. The topic of Alzheimer’s Acceptance is one that I have covered on the page previously but I feel like it is important to recognise for this series. If you would like to see more on Alzheimer’s Acceptance in a deeper version though I highly recommend checking out my Alzheimer’s Acceptance series in the Blogapedia!: https://sweeneysblog.com/blogapedia/

Acceptance is a term that although the majority of people know the definition of, not many seem to think of the implications that it can have in life. Accepting Alzheimer’s, despite how hard it can be, can have huge implications in relation to slowing the speed of deterioration. The following video shows us some tips as to how to accept that someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s:

The concept of lying to someone who has Alzheimer’s is always a topic that is discussed heavily. It is only natural to not want to lie to a loved one but sometimes you just have to do it. It is the only way to calm them down and make them relax. Relaxation, although it may seem like it, can help reduce the rate in which conditions such as Alzheimer’s do deteriorate which can be a great thing to consider down the line.

Even if it doesn’t seem like it creating a happy, welcoming environment in which no one feels stressed or threatened can go a long way in reducing someone’s chance of getting Alzheimer’s! This blog is meant to be a short one but if you do want to see more about Alzheimer’s Acceptance please check out the series in the Blogapedia!

That’s all for today’s blog! Thank you all for reading! When I started writing today’s blog I felt like a shorter blog would be much better than a longer one. It helped focus the message of the blog whilst also being easy to write and edit.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good day,

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Alzheimer’s Acceptance: Blog 5 – Final Conclusion

Hello and Welcome to the final blog in The Alzheimer’s Acceptance series!

This blog is going to be a conclusion to the series and is going to wrap up some of the key points that we have talked about. I originally planned to make this series longer than what it is going to be by talking about different techniques that I have used to manage the stress and obstacles faced however I think it will be better to do in a different series.

As I have discussed in the previous blogs in this series acceptance is a word that can have a million definitions. Its difficulty can fluctuate based on the situation, the people involved and the environment in which it takes place. It is advised that to fully accept an entity/obstacle one must break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

I have really enjoyed writing the blogs in this series. Although the series can be seen as quite sad and emotionally based it is also a series that I felt like I needed to do. Writing in this harsh reality style is a good way to portray some stories which people are usually too scared or not comfortable in talking about.

Accepting Alzheimer’s is one of the hardest things that I have had to do in life and in all honesty, it is not something that you fully understand until you are in the position where you have to do it. I had read so many stories about it before going through it myself and had never once expected that it was going to be as hard as it was to do.

If you do ever find yourself in this position and need support, please do reach out. No matter how hard or how much you are suffering, there will always be someone there to help and support you. Please do not go through this alone, people can help you more than you may know at first.

Thank you for reading! If any of you have any questions about this series or any of my other blogs, please contact me. All feedback is listened too and appreciated!

James Sweeney

Alzheimer’s Acceptance: Blog 4 – Personal Experience

Hello and welcome to the Alzheimer’s Acceptance Series!

This is the penultimate blog in this series, Personal Experience.

If any of you read the story that came attached to the blog last week you will already know of what happened when my grandmother forgot me for the first time. It was one of the hardest hurdles I have had to jump over in my life. It was a hard hurdle but a necessary one.

Accepting Alzheimer’s is often a challenging but necessary obstacle. Once you accept that someone has Alzheimer’s then it allows you to develop ways to support them. This blog is going to talk about some of the experiences and struggles that I have had in accepting Alzheimer’s.

The first challenging that I had with Alzheimer’s was hearing that my grandmother had the illness. When I was first told by my mother that my grandmother had the illness I did not really know how to react. Thoughts whirred through my mind and I found myself asking should I be mad? Should I be sad? What should I feel?

I couldn’t comprehend how a standing stone in my life had now become like a broken pebble on the beach, broken away from its original self. In these months where I did not accept the illness, it caused lots of sleepless nights and damage to my university work. I had to learn how to be resilient to the illness before it would break me as well. This was but one of the obstacles I learnt to accept.

The next major obstacle came when visiting my grandparent’s house. I use to spend nearly two days a week when I was younger, a time which has sadly decreased in the more recent years. After hearing that my grandmother had Alzheimer’s I found it increasingly hard to visit their house. I was scared of being forgotten and I was scared that the person I would see would no longer be the person I grew up with. Even now after I have fully accepted my grandmother’s condition, I still find it hard to call over as much as I used to. It’s an obstacle that I am close to fully accepting and one that I am still thinking of ways to overcome it.

These are just two of the large obstacles I have had to understand and overcome in regard to my grandmothers Alzheimer’s. There have been many other obstacles that I have learned to accept but I thought it would be best just to focus on one.

Thank you all for reading the penultimate blog in my Alzheimer’s Acceptance series! Next weeks blog is going to be a conclusion to the series. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series, it has been a rather sad but informative series. If anyone has any feedback, questions or queries please get in touch with me!

James Sweeney

Alzheimer’s Acceptance: Blog 3 – Personal Alzheimer’s Story

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This is the third blog in my Alzheimer’s Acceptance Series, My Alzheimer’s Story.

Today’s blog is going to be based around a story that I have written about the first time my grandmother forgot who I was. The story is quite a sad story but provides a real insight into the realisation for how Alzheimer’s can affect everybody’s lives.

The story is only on its draft phase at the minute so there might be changes added to it in the near future. Even though the story does take quite a sad and bleak narrative it is an excellent story to read. It is a very personal story that was quite hard to write.

You can view the story here: Alzheimer’s story

Thank you for reading! I know this blog is shorter than others but the story itself is very long and took a long time to write. Hope you all enjoy this weeks blog, if you do have any comments or feedback please let me know! If you have any questions or queries please get in touch and I will do my best to answer them all.

James Sweeney

Alzheimer’s Acceptance: Blog 2 – The Term Accept/Acceptance

The term ‘acceptance’ is used a lot in day-to-day conversations, but do we really know what it means? Is accepting Alzheimer’s an easy task to do? How do I accept that Alzheimer’s is now in my life? Today’s Alzheimer’s Acceptance blog looks at the answers to these questions and more!

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This blog is going to discuss the definitions of the terms accept and acceptance. In the blog, I aim to discuss what these phrases mean, how they relate to Alzheimer’s, the effect that they can have on both our Mental and Physical Health and about how even though the words are only short words, their definitions carry with them much larger impacts on everyone.

The words Accept and Acceptance are words used almost instinctively in day to day life. Usually, when you use the word you don’t really think about it as a complex word, a word with a deeper meaning in some instances. This can be the case with numerous words. Their original definition may seem easy to comprehend however if you look deeper into the meaning it can lead to questioning the majority of what you already know.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Acceptance as an “agreement with or belief in an idea or explanation”.This definition seems very easy to understand and digest. However, it is not always that simple. When it comes to Alzheimer’s and similar illnesses such as dementia the word Acceptance can have a much more of an impact and an insightful meaning.

In my experience Accepting Alzheimer’s was an incredibly hard thing to do. I didn’t know what to even try to think of first let alone try to understand certain parts. Do I accept that my grandmother, one of the most influential people in my life, will never be the same? Do I accept that I will slowly have to watch my grandmothers memories fade away? For all of the secrets that I told her to become non-important?

It was these questions that revolved around my head on a daily basis. I found myself asking questions such as Why My Grandmother? What has she done to deserve this? Will she forget me? How will I move on with that? These questions almost seemed impossible to answer in my eyes at the time. I could barely sleep which led to me getting even more frustrated with these questions.

The interesting thing with acceptance, however, is that you can break it down to very small pieces and work your way up from there. You slowly begin to accept that even though the grandmother, friend or relative that you know will never be the same person again, they are still there. There is still a piece of the person there, no matter how small it may seem to be.

You slowly learn your own way of how to accept these small milestones and you work forward from there. In order to maximize the quality of life for the person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, you need to fully accept the condition, no matter how impossible it may seem.

The way that I learnt to accept the fact that my grandmother had Alzheimer’s was by putting my mind purely on creating my Alzheimer’s Awareness website Don’t Forget Me: http://www.dontforgetme.org.uk. I needed a way to channel my emotions into something with a meaning. A resource I could use to help others who were going through similar experiences, a way to create a community around this horrible illness.

The motto/slogan for Don’t Forget Me came from here: For every memory lost, another is formed. This was the slogan that I used to fully complete and comprehend my grandmother’s condition. I understood and accepted the fact that even though the grandmother I knew all of my life was going to slowly disappear in front of my eyes. I learnt to try and make newer better memories to try and replace the memories that have been lost or forgotten.

Thank you so much for reading this week’s blog for Alzheimer’s Acceptance. This blog was an interesting one to write as it allowed me to link in my own personal experience alongside a method of how I coped. As with every blog I post all feedback is greatly appreciated, please message me what you think. If you have any queries or questions please get in touch.

I understand this is a longer blog than usual so I want to say a big thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next blog!

James

Acceptance isn't always paper-thin, sometimes it's like climbing a neverending staircase - James Sweeney

Alzheimer’s Acceptance – Blog 1 -Introduction

Hello all,

This is going to be the first blog in my new Alzheimer’s Acceptance series. This blog is going to act as an introduction into the series of blogs that will be released in the upcoming weeks regarding this topic.

Acceptance. A single word with hundreds of meanings and hundreds of obstacles. To accept a new reality or a new set of obstacles are things people face in day to day life. This series of blogs is going to focus on the different variables and facts you need to acknowledge and accept in relation to Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is a very complex and interesting topic that can really be confusing to get your head around. People try to tackle it as one subject and one milestone which has ill-advised effects on both our Mental Health as well as our Physical Health. To even try and understand an illness such as Alzheimer’s as just one entity can ultimately make acceptance next to impossible. To truly acknowledge and accept what is going on in someone’s head and how to cope with it you need to break the condition down into smaller more manageable milestones.

By splitting the problem into smaller manageable milestones, you allow yourself to increase your understanding on a step by step basis, slowly learning and accepting each point as appropriate. This helps your mind make sense of what is going on and allows you to think rationally about the right steps that you need to take. Breaking down the problem eases the pressure on both you and the person suffering. You can slowly understand different bits gradually, instead of having to do it all at once.

Thank you for reading today’s blog! I feel like I am really going to enjoy writing this series as I am going to be able to link my own personal experience in with the topic. If anyone has any feedback on this blog or any other blogs that I have done please do get in touch! If anyone has any suggestions for blogs they want to see or feedback they want to give then please do not hesitate to message me as well!

Thanks as always,

James Sweeney

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