When my mother was already showing early signs of her vascular dementia and had to move into an assisted-living apartment, she hated it. The staff reminded our family that “having something to look forward to” every day would help her feel more settled. They were so right. The move had been scary and overwhelming for Mom, but even knowing that after lunch she’d be playing cribbage or watching a favourite movie could bring a smile to her face.
We didn’t call it this at the time, but what Mom was doing, in the middle of all of her angst and fear, was planning joy. . Continue reading “The importance of planning for everyday joy”