Dementia is one of the most difficult issues facing families today because the diagnosis is always surprising even when the statistics surrounding it are shocking.
Dementia is the common term for impairment of memory and thinking, behavioral processing, and the ability to perform daily tasks for yourself.
Sarah Smith, our guest on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Finding God’s Beauty in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, ”Was shocked when her fierce independent mother – nicknamed Beauty – was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.
Beauty is fun, has a lot of energy, enjoys hosting parties and fun, and loves to raise people and inspire them. Gradually, his personality began to change. He became edgy. Small things can drive him away, and he is easily upset and anxious. Physically he began to feel his hands and arms.
And so began a journey for Sarah of sacrificial love and discovering God’s goodness as she cared for her mother. Along the way, he learned how God wanted to heal his broken heart and help him through his trials and tribulations. He knows what it means to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit and His fruit to help you speak slowly, listen quickly, and see your loved one through His eyes.
Listen to our full conversation with you local radio station, online, sa Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or our free phone app. Sarah Smith shares from her heart how to experience God’s love when caring for someone as well as how you can experience yourself.
If you need practical help related to the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia, we have a staff of caring Christian counselors who will be happy to offer you a free consultation. Call us, leave your name and number, and they will be with you as soon as possible. The business hours number is 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
Sarah wrote a touching memoir called Broken Beauty: Piecing Together Life Broken by the Early Onset of Alzheimer’s, available for a gift of any amount. For more information, visit our website.