Something that isn’t talked about a whole lot but that should be discussed more is having a spouse who is dealing with dementia. Residences at Deer Creek is doing all they can to be a resource to the community, and one of those ways was to host a Marriage and Dementia seminar facilitated by the community’s Director of Social Services, Rondi Wightman, MSW, LCSW, CDP.
Guests and their loved ones gathered as Rondi presented an incredibly eye-opening presentation with information and several ways to cope with a spouse having dementia and working through tough emotions and feelings. Guests were also able to ask any questions they had about dementia, or anything else that would help them better understand how to address their unique situation. “We want this to serve as a way for others to get information and find ways that they can help the people they love,” said Rondi Wightman, Director of Social Services at Deer Creek. “People are never alone, and it is okay to ask for help. Sometimes it takes a village to help and that’s what we are here for.
Dementia can be a cruel disease, and it is hard to find the help needed and sometimes not everyone is comfortable talking about it. More events like this are what may help open more people up and break the norm. Especially when we are dealing with a spouse, it is not an easy diagnosis to accept, and this becomes increasingly more difficult as memories fade and we lose pieces of the person we love.
It takes a lot to be able to help someone get through a disease like dementia, and it affects more lives than some may think. Adult children, extended family, and friends are all affected in some way, there is a sense of loss, and a grieving process that is vastly different than someone passing, because the person is still physically here. Residences at Deer Creek and its team are experts in the field of dementia and educate the community at large with various experts as often as they can.
To learn more about Residences at Deer Creek and upcoming educational presentations, click here.