I can’t believe that it has been 2 months since I last wrote, and we are, already, well into the second month of the year.
Christmas came and went in the normal flurry of preparation, boosted by the excitement of my three young grandsons. I say it every year, but such a build-up for one day that comes and goes, and which is, generally, filled with so much emotion that the laughter so often turns to tears. The children, of course, received multitudes of gifts, some of which will be worn and played with in the months ahead, but some already, eaten, broken or discarded. How do we get out of this loop of overloading with “things”, starting at such a young age?????? Sorry if I sound like Scrooge – I’m as big a culprit as everyone else, but….!!!
New Year is always an interesting time – one of reflection of the year that was, accompanied by feelings of optimism displayed in our New Year resolutions to eat less, exercise more, take up “this” and give up “that”. For most of us, given that it is now February, we don’t have to think of all that too much now, haha. I am proud to say that I have shown a much stronger commitment to exercising more and seem to have got myself into a fairly decent routine. They say it takes 3 weeks to develop a habit, so hopefully…..! (I’ll let you know in 6 months). So much research is showing that regular exercise is such an important part of maintaining cognition and retaining functioning for a person with dementia, that I’d have to be really stupid to continue to ignore it. Hopefully I can continue to include it in my personalised program that I have developed to hold onto my functioning for as long as possible.
My advocacy activities have been pretty quiet during January, as not only was it school holidays, but here in Australia, it is our Summer holidays, so all businesses (other than those linked to tourism) have a quiet month. This apparently includes the business of dementia. Most of my Committee work and guest speaking opportunities came to a grinding halt, which worked well for me, as I had the boys visiting for the greater part of the holidays. Since they went back to school at the end of January, it feels like everyone is on catch-up,with meetings and invitations flying everywhere. I’m not complaining though, as a “work” routine is settling and more comfortable than you would expect. It’s always lovely to have the boys around, with all the physical and emotional challenges that come with entertaining three young boys on the autism spectrum, but it’s also great to get back into the mentally stimulating atmosphere of the work-place, and kick-start the sleeping cells, whilst trying to get them to remember how it all works!!!!!
With my advocacy work and my new exercise program, plus, I’m delighted to say lots of social activities to slot in, my calendar is looking remarkably full.
I wish you all a VERY belated Happy New Year, because looking at what is coming up, for me anyway, I think 2019 is going to be a year worth remembering. As remembering is not always an option for me, I intend to make the most of every moment, of every day and make sure that I enjoy myself, whether I am able to remember it later or not.