WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
A dizzying array of dementia symptoms mask a common thread—insidious degeneration of the brain over time increasingly impacting the ability to hold a conversation, make plans, complete a project, or get dressed. The symptoms continue and compound over time.
That said—dementia is a symptom, like headache or fever, caused by many different diseases.
This is the challenge—blood tests and imaging scans that can definitively diagnose the disease are in development. Diagnosis rests on ruling out other causes and studying the pattern of symptoms—is memory or personality affected early on? Are symptoms continuous or intermittent with days of incapacity interspersed with almost normal functioning? Is hearing, sight or the ability to smell affected? Is your loved one forgetting how to use a microwave or a coffee pot? Is there a history of REM sleep disorders?
The most common types are:
Why it is good to see a doctor:
Meet with your loved one in her world, today, and walk with her in it. As her needs and concerns change, rotate with her.
Christ calls us to love our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Let us endeavor to shower love on our loved one in this great time of need. Moments of awareness of losses, surging emotions harder to control than before, fears of humiliation and embarrassment can make it even harder for our loved one to respond in love. Let us extend the love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you loved one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” John 13:34
Through the years caring for my mother Edith with dementia God was there.
He called me to the task to be her primary caregiver and sustained me through the journey. Each difficulty and setback provided another way for Him to come through—the right advice at the right time, the perfect assisted living facility, encouraging staff, and a patient husband who listened to my latest story.
We can trust God’s word—ask for wisdom and He will give it—James 1:5
Bring your cares to Him for He cares for you—1 Peter 5:7
Have no anxiety but with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving bring your troubles to Christ, keeping your eyes on Him—Philippians 4:6-7
The journey has many ups and downs, victories and difficulties, yet would we leave our loved one to walk alone? May God provide your every need as you help your loved one finish well.
Pour through your Bible to find your verses of promise and comfort. Write them on cards, tape them to your cabinets.
Please share your favorite verses that were a lamp to light the way.
Welcome to the blog page for Biblical Dementia Caregiving. It is a resource to come alongside as you walk the dementia journey with your loved one. My name is Dorothy Gable and I wish to help, encourage and share the lessons we learned caring for my mother with dementia. For more of my story, please see the About page in this website.