Asking “Why” tries to find the logical rationale behind current behaviors. With dementia, reasoning is faulty because of the breakdown in the normal brain activity. The questions, “What does this mean?” and, “What must we do?” are catalysts to taking care of the needs and emotions of the whole person. We present our discoveries so that others in the caretaker community may more effectively help their loved ones feel better in spite of the physiological challenges that may face them. Finally, we examine our current potentially confusing habits, which our future caretakers may not understand if roles are changed. The goal in either scenario is to maintain the loving relationship through our narrative.
Egley, Daniel and Beverly
"Dementia: Shifting Mystery to Meaning and Management,"
Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine: Vol. 4
, Article 11.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/survive_thrive/vol4/iss1/11