Dec 22, 2012

Winter Solstice

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." Victor Hugo

In the northern hemisphere, yesterday was the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter.  With there being less sunlight, and perhaps less opportunity to get out, it is prudent to look for ways to have fun and laugh.  I took Dwane to get a haircut and ice cream cone yesterday, and we did laugh together over several things.  He still has a cute sense of humor, and he is good to laugh with.  Our region has missed the major storms that have been predicted, and it was a pleasant day out.  We stopped at the store and bought him pineapple and cinnamon rolls.  He sometimes complains about the food at assisted living, so I try to keep him stocked with some of his favorite things.  This is our first Christmas with him being in assisted living, and I think it is hard for him.  He seems to be feeling left out, even though there is not much to be left out of -- as I have spent recent days having cataract surgery.  As caregivers, I think it is hard to find a balance of living our lives without the person with dementia feeling left behind.  Or, we don't live our own lives,  in order that the person does not feel left behind.  How do you manage this balancing? 

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