|Mom, busy counting her "Bingo Money" change jar|
Mom woke and was a bit anxious, she felt like she needed to be somewhere as she said, "I need to get to work!"
I had the Frank Sinatra music channel tuned in on Pandora Radio, music seems to distract her, especially when it's a swinging tune that makes her dance.
Anxiety was a little high for her yesterday, I had to think of something to keep her occupied. Like a shot, the thought came to me, "I'll get her change jar from the day when she had clearer thinking, before Lewy took over her brain."
I set her up on the dinning room table with her change.
BINGO! It worked.
She sat for an hour sorting the change. It was difficult for her to sort the money, but she didn't seem to care. My mom has always loved money; counting her change seemed to put her in a happy place.
Mom began walking around the house dancing. In this mini-video, she had no idea that I was sitting in the room, she loves the song so much, it made her get up and come closer to the TV so that she could listen and dance. I love it when my mom dances, it means she's happy.
Counting money was something that my mom always enjoyed before she lost her mind. It is still something that brings her joy. I'm grateful to have recently found her jar of change, it sure did help us get through the snow day.
|Set Mom up in the Den|
She counted her change and drank her tea for another hour.
I've learned with Lewy Bodies Dementia, doing activities that remind her of her past seem to give her a sense of control in her life. The perceived control that she had over her money made her more agreeable and pleasant all day.
We had a GREAT DAY yesterday... even the cats behaved.
|Shakti being Shakti|