My turn: I am a dementia care partner
By Anne Hopewell, Guest Author
"You cannot change the direction of the wind; you can only alter your sails.”
When I was a little girl, my parents gave me a toy nurse set and I loved it! I was forever putting bandages and slings on my dolls and teddy bears. I would check their temperature and listen to their chests. Even my beloved pet cat did not escape my ministrations.
That’s all I ever wanted to be and do --- to nurse and take care of people. I did achieve that goal and had a wonderful career in nursing for over 40 years. During that time I took care of hundreds of people and I think I made a positive difference in their lives.
But it is not over yet. I have my biggest and most important challenge ahead of me.
My husband has dementia and I am now tasked to be his care partner and to provide him with the best possible care, love and support he needs as we travel this journey together.
I hope I am up to the challenge.
Anne Hopewell is the founder of the Memory Boosters Social Club, which she started with her husband and some friends she had met at an Alzheimer Society education program in 2012. She is a proud mother, grandmother and friend, and the devoted care-partner of her husband of 53 years, Ron Hopewell, who has been living with dementia for five years. Caring for others is not new to Anne. Whether she was nursing, volunteering at school programs, or knitting prayer shawls for those going through difficult times in her congregation, Anne has shown that she is someone people can count on, and is a shining example of what people can do when they put their hearts and minds to it, even when they are going through a difficult time.
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