Thoughts on Ministry to Those With Dementia

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  1. LKD says:

    This is such a difficult issue for families. We’re going through the battle with Alzheimer’s now with one parent, who is still living at home with her spouse. No one really agrees on what to do as she declines. While it’s taking place hours from where we live, it’s stressful. Thank you for ministering to those with dementia/Alzheimer’s; I know that means a lot to the families & even if the person can’t respond or recognize what is happening, I know that God can use your words and prayers in ways we can’t even imagine.

    On a side note, I really wish older folks would make definite plans for what should happen if/when they become mentally incapacitated. It’s difficult for the grown kids when mom or dad have no plans or if their plans are simply unrealistic. (Not everyone can live at home until they die or be taken into a child’s home, unfortunately, and for older folks not to realize that is a huge problem.) Do you have pastoral counsel for grown children who struggle with this issue?

    • Those are some good thoughts. You are correct that some tough conversations need to happen right at the beginning of the diagnosis. My observation is that families want to live in denial near the beginning, hoping it won’t get bad. In terms of taking care of them, I already have a bias. We have two children (aged 15 and 16) who live in a group home because of their autism. I don’t see the group home as a sign of failure. We have the best relationship with them because they are receiving the proper care and we can just enjoy quality time with them.

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