The priest needs to know what is dementia

Do you know that one in 10 people aged 65 or older has Alzheimer’s disease/dementia? Look at your congregation every Sunday, especially its aging part, and consider how many of them may be working to resolve the disease – usually no one knows it except their direct caregiver.

Navigation Pastor Tips for Alzheimer’s Disease #1: Understand the signs and symptoms of dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.

There are significant changes in mood or behavior, such as combing, dressing or driving difficulties, as well as meaningless conversations or repeated phrases or words. Does your parishioner really know about you or someone familiar with you? Listen carefully! They may never say the name of you or someone else, but treat everyone as a friend, and you may be fooled to believe that everything is fine.

Everyone with dementia needs more and more ongoing and intensive care, usually provided by one or more family members who deal with tremendous pain and stress (emotional, physical, economic and spiritual). Feel helpless for invisible diseases.

Navigation Pastor Tips for Alzheimer’s Disease #2: Pay attention to the behavior of the caregiver.

Often, family and friends may be very reluctant to admit what is going on. They will do everything possible to provide insurance/excuses for the unusual changes of the people they love.

This demand is real. It is growing. The pastor must be prepared to respond to it.

The journey through Alzheimer’s disease and the family of diseases it represents is different from anything you can imagine, unless you have experienced it. Alzheimer’s disease/dementia is a disease that affects the brain. It changes the way information goes from one part of the brain to another. It affects people’s perception of the world – it is a slanted view, or it may be a non-realistic concept.

It starts slowly and subtly. You notice that some of your loved ones have misunderstood, but it’s easy to put them aside and attribute them to the inevitability of age. For example, there was a time when my father was convinced that he saw an Australian wild dog in the backyard of Kansas. Or, he “remembers” the time of the cold air of the mountains. Climb Mount Everest.

A little funny. He is getting old. This is what we tell ourselves.

Disease progression. Daily life has become more difficult. The bill will not be paid. The power company said – electricity is about to close. It was not a father, he was meticulous about his money. Well, I will have to help; he is getting old. This is what we tell ourselves.

It is constantly improving. More things about the event started to happen. Made a bad choice. When Dad drove to Minnesota, he placed every gun he had in the trunk of the car (to ensure their safety). worry. Why is he doing this? We just need to explain to him why this is not a good idea. He will understand. This is what we tell ourselves.

The spiral drop seems to be accelerating. Dad will walk away and may disappear in an instant. He doesn’t know where he is. This is really frightening. Some serious things have happened here. We know that we must intervene.

It is extremely difficult to accept what is happening. Walking is very difficult. Every day brings new challenges. However, there are some things you can be sure of. In this difficult terrain, Jesus can remind us of his happiness so simple and beautiful! Living with Him every day requires us to believe in His power to lead us through!

“The Sovereign Lord, my eyes are fixed on you; I am taking refuge in you…” (Psalm 141:8, NIV)

You are not alone. God will be with you, especially when others do not necessarily understand what you are dealing with.

Because, at the beginning, dementia seems completely “normal.” In order to see the people who have it, especially in the early stages, you can’t distinguish this debilitating disease. They may still be neatly dressed, well dressed, and have a focused and responsive eye. Their appearance may obscure the disease lurking inside. Even after diagnosis, it is difficult to grasp the severity and severity of the prognosis.

There is a lot of sadness in the process of Alzheimer’s disease. Loss of memory, decline in health, change in personality. But if you adjust the lens slightly, you can find happiness.

Navigating the Priest of Alzheimer’s Disease #3: Be ready to help.

Connect with people in the congregation on a similar journey and consider promoting or building a support group. Provide resources to your community – and be willing to ask difficult topics such as power of attorney, health orders, living wills or trusts, Medicaid and any legal decision consequences.

Dad is hard to find the disease. He looks “normal”. In general, he is acting “normal” and his conversations are mostly “normal.” But it is unbearable to reconcile an invisible life-threatening disease. It “looks like” a mental illness, which can be a terrible blow to any pre-typed person with a mental illness. It’s easy to hide and handle the decline privately and painfully, choosing not to look or admit it.

However, it is better to identify and resolve the disease and remind yourself that even if your interaction with the victim or the relationship with the victim changes, Jesus has no eternal love for them. Nor should it.

The Zulu people in South Africa have a traditional greeting, divided into two parts. When two people meet, they consciously and meaningfully look at each other’s eyes:

The first person said, “Sikhona” (I was seen here).

Alzheimer’s said: “I urgently need you to know me.”

The second person replied, “Sawubona” ​​(I see you).

Our response should be to let God authorize us to say, “I admit and will advocate on your behalf.”

Pastor Tips for Alzheimer’s Disease #4: Treat Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers with a high degree of dignity.

Regardless of the current situation, this person should live a fulfilling life and receive appropriate treatment. When visiting, talk about youth or earlier memories, because those often seem to be the last place to go. Recognizing that caregivers are very lonely and unbelievable, you must try to understand the unique pressures caused by the situation.

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease need to see it really and must recognize and support the caregiver. Through the power and courage of God, you can see and truly “see” that they are loved by God, and we must continue to love and serve.

“Open your eyes, I can see wonderful things in your law.” (Psalm 119:18, NIV)

Jesus can provide confidence, look with his eyes, and have power in front of things. The Lord can help you “see” your eyes forever, without being hindered by any material traps or temporary suffering in this world.

“Blessed are the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our sufferings, enabling us to comfort those who suffer from it through our own comfort from God. “(2 Corinthians 1.

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