Browsing All posts tagged under »social worker«

She’s still here — A late stage dementia story

August 1, 2017

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One of my favourite clients, Mary, is now in the later stages of dementia. She spends most of her time asleep. She barely says a few words, if we’re lucky. She used to respond to touch very well, but over the last few months, that has disappeared. It takes longer and longer to reach her. […]

Becoming “Unity” – A Dementia Story

July 6, 2017

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I have always hated my name. The name given by my parents. Ekta. As a teen, I went by a childhood moniker, Sweets. But that didn’t go with the bad girl image I wanted to portray in college, so I switched it back to Ekta. Then, in 2004, Henri was born. Henri was my alter […]

Between a Hug and a Hard Place

February 8, 2017

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The day program I go to weekly serves adults with cognitive difficulties. This includes dementia, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Down’s Syndrome, etc. I met Lulu* there. It’s hard to tell Lulu’s age. I am guessing she’s in her 40s. She is of a robust constitution and a quiet demeanour. She seems reserved and […]

Responding to a friend in crisis

January 23, 2017

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Friends are the first line of support for most people these days. As friends, how can we best support someone that confides in us? Here are a few tips from me.

Conversations with a 96-year old

May 17, 2016

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The first day I met Jay, he asked me, “Guess how old I am!” I said, “85”. “No, I am 95,” he said proudly. He turned 96 this past December. He does everything himself, without assistance. He bathes, eats, uses the washroom by himself. He walks independently with the help of a cane. He is proud […]

When Words Fail…

April 6, 2016

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When I first met Mary*, what struck me most was her loud, shrill voice. She had this deliberate way of talking – enunciating every word she spoke. It’s hard to tell her age, but my guess is 70s at least. She has very short salt and pepper hair, more pepper surprisingly. She is in a […]

A Conversation With Someone Who Has Early Onset Alzheimer’s

May 23, 2012

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Michelle* has Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (EOAD). A person is categorized as having EOAD when they have symptoms or the disease before the age of 65. Michelle was diagnosed in 2011 and since then she has been grappling with the changes in herself, the changes that are yet to come and the reactions of her friends […]

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