My Writing, Dementia and Mother
Why I Write
I’ve develop a yearning
To write for learning
When I write for learning
My “mind-wheel” is turning
As my “mind-wheel” is turning
Dementia, I am spurning
The poem above was written by me to give an emotional response to why I am writing this blog. I know I’ve written before that I am writing for myself but I have not given many specifics. Hopefully, this adds a little more clarity. Having stated that, please don’t think that I am constantly worried about dementia. I am not!
When my mother was having problems with senility and/or dementia, my sister and I would encourage her to write down what was happening in her life. We thought that it would help her to remember, reflect and in general, revive her mind. You see, she had little or no short term memory. To illustrate what I mean by little or no short term memory, my sister visited her one morning and the two of them went to the St. Louis Zoo. Later on, after she was taken back to where she was staying, I picked her up for a spontaneous, last minute dinner. On the way to my house we passed the zoo. I mentioned to mom that it had been a long time since I had been to the zoo and wondered if she would like to go. She said immediately, that she hadn’t been to the zoo since she was a little kid and would love to go. Later, after talking with my sister, I learned that they had spent over three hours at the zoo that morning.
The experience with my mother is not the only encounter that I have had with dementia and/or Alzheimers. I mention Alzheimers at this point since my second close encounter with dementia was with an aunt that most, including doctors, thought had Alzheimers. It seems the only way it is known for sure that a person has Alzheimers is if an autopsy is done after passing. Well, there wasn’t one done on our aunt so therefore, it was officially dementia. It doesn’t matter for this blog since my point is that my writing is a possible answer to avoiding such horrible afflictions of the mind.
So, how is this blog writing working out? My first post was on December 23, 2008. The first few posts were more learning attempts than actual blog entries. Now, since I have a little history doing the blog, I have noticed that my mind appears to be “sharper” and my writing comes easier. Is it helping my mental abilities? I’m not sure but I think it is.
The way I look at it, mental exercise is good for us and this is definitely mental exercise for me.
What do you think?