What Dementia Cannot Do

101_1627There is an inspirational poem entitled, “What Cancer Cannot Do” which you may have seen on the internet.  I started a list of What Dementia Cannot Do and would love to have you add to it.  (Dementia is being used here as that umbrella term encompassing dementia as well as Alzheimer’s, Frontal Temporal Dementia, Lewy-Body Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment and every other diagnosis that falls into this category.)

- Take away your accomplishments

- Remove you from pictures

- Make people stop loving you

- Remove people’s memories of you

- Change the impact you have made on the world

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About G-J

I am a caregiver for my 59-year-old husband, Steve, who was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment in December 2009. His employer put him on disability and he had to retire one year later when he couldn't return to work. I am also the mother to our son who is now a high school senior. We have a cat, Sagwa, who rounds out our family. In addition to blogging here, I volunteer at my son's high school in the scholarship office, teach a class I created called, "Keep Your Brain Buff" at our city's Senior Center, lead a writing group at the Alzheimer's Association, and advocate for people with all types of dementia. In November, I will be participating in my third Walk to End Alzheimer's.

9 thoughts on “What Dementia Cannot Do

  1. Avatar of TrishTrish

    Stop you from feeling joy/contentment/happiness (fill in the blank).

    I would say Robert falls into the cognitive impairment category and I can vouch for his ability to be content, happy & joyful.

    Love the list, GJ, and appreciate you starting it!

  2. Avatar of BusybeeBusybee

    - not able to make choices

    - forget what was your favorite food is

    - forget how to chew food or drink

    I how I did this right. Please let me know
    thank you

  3. Avatar of G-JG-J Post author

    @Busybee actually I was looking at it in a different way. If you google “What Cancer Cannot Do” you’ll see it’s more positive, which is what I was trying to do here. I wasn’t trying to list what people lose when they have a form of dementia, but rather those things that cannot be taken from them even with dementia.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  4. Bonnie

    -take away the love you have given others and still do
    -make you less of a human being
    -take away the joy of the human touch

  5. Avatar of DeniseDenise

    Hi–This is wonderful, G-J!

    Dementia cannot:

    –take away your ability to teach;
    –stop you from receiving love;
    –change your importance in your family.

  6. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    Love this, G-J!

    Dementia cannot:

    – erase your compassion and caring (currently)
    – erase your sense of humor (currently)
    – erase your sense of wonder (currently)
    – block your thirst for knowledge (currently)
    – stop you from trying your best
    – stop the love that you give and receive
    – take away what you have done to help others


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