The magic of acceptance and Alzheimer’s

In an effort to raise awareness, reduce the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article highlights the importance of acceptance

A calm way to remain positive in challenging circumstances is cultivating an attitude of accepting what is. This is especially helpful when you care for someone with progressive memory loss. This does not mean “stay stuck.” Acceptance is more like making peace with what is – you may not like what is going on, but it’s all right, it just is.

How could you accept what’s going on in your life right now?

Acceptance grows slowly as you practice it, and the first steps may seem difficult.

However, the more you can accept all that is, rather than judging and resisting it, the more peace you will find in yourself, and the easier it becomes to practice acceptance.

At the same time, when you start accepting what is, you’re able to see more clearly what it is that you find difficult to come to terms with and what you need to do to change your circumstances.

Take some time today and just be with Reinold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer”:

God grant me the serenity to accept

The things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

If you are having difficulty with acceptance or the many other emotions and feelings that go along with caring for someone with progressive memory loss, a professional counselor can help. Seeking help can be an important step in managing the ups and downs, twists and turns of caregiving. 

Remember our emotions and feelings are uniquely useful. They are a message we need to listen to. There is hope. There is help. You are not alone.

For more information about these and other local resources and guidance in caring for someone with dementia, contact Jayne Mund, Caregiver Consultant, at 763-689-8811.

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