What we are accustomed to thinking of as mere palliative care for the patient can open up into the endeavor to find meaning and comfort. For us. Here. Now.
Using the art of improv to step into the world of people with dementia
Dementia changes people in unpredictable ways. Except when it doesn’t.
The wilderness can terrify. But it also can inspire. That was where God chose for us to receive Torah, far from the noise and clutter of more civilized places. All the inessential stuff–the names, the appointment calendars, the books with facts and figures–we had left behind in Egypt.
Even as dementia brings suffering, it also may come certain surprising blessings. Dementia knocks out one’s inhibitions, including the one that tells us to ignore what we cannot explain rationally. Dementia may allow a person to bypass the mind’s rational “gatekeepers” and experience life with great immediacy.