The weather has been atrocious over the past few days. Torrential rain has resulted in me looking out, from within. And, as you can see – the view has been pretty awful.
The time indoors has given me some time to read up a little about dementia – I won’t go into reasons why, but I think most people will know of someone who has been afflicted by this most horrible disease.
While perusing the Internet, I found a great resource for those looking for some help, with an appropriate URL to boot.
I ended up buying a battery powered Companion Puppy from the website. I have seen one of these once before, and can confirm that they are incredibly lifelike. They don’t do much, apart from lay on the floor (or your lap), as if asleep, but with a chest that rises and falls, mimicking breathing.
Animal therapy is known to help those suffering from dementia – and my past experiences say that these animated puppy’s DO work. Don’t take my word for it though, please do read through reviews of those providing feedback. For example:
Hubby is in care with dementia and as the Cavalier looks similar to our own dog, he thinks its real sadly. But it’s of comfort to him. He feeds him biscuits.Anon
Looking Towards Science
Dementia has been dehumanised, because we all fear it. People with the disease are still people and they still have stories and they still have character. They’re all individuals with a story to tell. More needs to be done to help. The upset caused by dementia, to those afflicted, and family alike is heartbreaking.
Hopefully in the very near future, the disease will be conquered by science and consigned to history. Until that cure comes, I’ll look through my rain drenched window and think about creation. This is one small corner of it. The trees and birds and everything else make it up, and I’m part of it. I didn’t ask to be put here, nor did anyone else. But we’ve all been lucky enough to experience the wonder of the world.
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured.
Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.Khalil Gibran