The picture above states that employees with positive attitudes make better employees. I feel the same analogy can be said used with persons with dementia. Each of us have a choice after diagnosis. If I had not accepted my early diagnosis, I feel that I would not be doing as well today as I am. On the other spectrum, I chose to have a positive attitude and to give "Lewy" a scolding at the time of my diagnosis. I told "Lewy" that since he has come into my life, not by my choice, that there was not much room for him. Forcefully, I told him that I would rule him; and; he would not rule me. My purpose in my conversation with him was to make him understand that he could not dominate me. He would have to take vacations and many of them.
Especially with an early diagnosis, this has proven to be very effective for me. I have been able to advocate for dementia awareness, mentor persons with dementia all across the world. I oversee a Facebook page....Forget Me Not Lewy Body Dementia, started my own personal Facebook page....Lewy Body Dementia Living Beyond Diagnosis, start this website, attend virtual memory cafes through Dementia Mentors, start a memory cafe in my hometown of Thomaston, Georgia and soon will be starting memory cafes in Cambridge House Thomaston, Cambridge House Newnan and Cambridge House Griffin. Within the next month, I will have established the first dementia friendly business in Thomaston. Doing all of these things has enabled me to execute my acrostic, ASAP....Acceptance, Socialization, Attitude and Purpose. I am convinced these four things are the most important things that I must do to live with LBD or any other dementia well.
It is important to know the things above are not about me. They are about helping others understand that there is life after diagnosis. I am in the process of building a team of people who are interested in helping me create better awareness about dementia and how to effectively communicate with someone with dementia.
"Would you like to be part of my team?" If so, you can visit my website and send me a message. You will hear back from me!! Working together we can help others live with this horrific disease.
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.