It has been a while since I posted. Anger, aggression, depression, and anxiety, have been my constant companions and I have had to find new ways to deal with these issues. They are not show stoppers but learning experiences for those of us with LBD. Instead of being negative about these issues, I am finding positive ways t deal with them. I have done a considerable amount of Internet research from reputable sources like the National Institute or Health, LBDA.Org, Alz.Ord, and other sources like Mayo and some of the other Countries Dementia sources. All of these organizations express the same ideas about dealing with these issues and I have adopted many of them with recent success. Yes, I am feeling better!
What did I change? First of all, I am staying away from loud noises, crowds, angry people, and unfamiliar settings. I spend more time in "The Cabin". Some of this tie is along, some is with Zeus, and some with my Wife. She and I eat meals in the Assisted Living dinning room that is much quieter and smaller. Sometimes we eat in Her apartment. When we go out to shop, it is short, one stop events during the more quiet times for shopping. I am also sticking close to my normal routine. Routines are my friend and I am most comfortable when I am in my routine. I limit conversations to people I know, like, and consider non-threatening! That means people that don't call me a "Liar" when I say I have LBD!
Even Zeus is being more quiet and reserved. Yesterday, he took a nap with me in "The Cabin". He has never settled down when both of us were not in "The Cabin". But yesterday he wanted to take a nap. Another interesting Zeus issue. He has LEAD me to "The Cabin" at least three times and wanted to go in to my room. He know that is my quiet place and when we walk, he seems to sense I need quiet and away he goes!!
Those of us with LBD and other Dementia's can be independent. Yes, we no longer drive, run the budget, or do many of the things we once did, But we can control our environment to help us cope with LBD issues and that is TRUE Independence!