Forget “the long goodbye.” Choose HELLO.
A person with dementia stands to lose his or her life twice: Once after diagnosis and once at death.
After a person is diagnosed, people around them start to say “goodbye.” Indeed, most people with dementia are encouraged to say “goodbye” to their lives and prepare for the end. Many lose purpose in living, leading to loss of self-confidence, increasing withdrawal and isolation, and ultimately, to more dependency on those around them.
But we have a choice.
Instead of saying “goodbye,” we can say “hello.” We can choose to re-engage people with dementia, to support them in finding new purpose, to help them get their lives back.
By saying “hello,” we take the first step in defeating the devastating stigma of dementia.