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Younger-Onset AD or Other Dementia
Are you afraid?
I hate to talk politics but for the first time in my life I am
afraid to speak about it ore even say who I want to vote for. I once place a bumper
sticker on my car but would not dare to do that today for fear. I feel like
this country is so divide and I just cannot understand why people cannot see
the truth of what is happening to this great county that I love. We are more divide
then ever and it makes no sense to me. I have not hatred towards anyone but so many
are just looking for an excuse to get into arguments over stupid issues. We all
have a right to our opinions but we all should not let our opinions dictated
the country. I really hope this change soon
as it is adding more stress then the dementia does.
I hear you, Michael. Ordinary discourse has gotten to be hostile. Long ago I stopped watching the news, also late-night talk shows. I require peace and quiet or I won 't be able to function-at all.
Michael, after more thought, I decided your concern deserves more of a response. I believe many PWDs live in a state of free-flowing anxiety because their cognition doesn't allow them to put things together the way they used to, and they are constantly "lost." Distractions from the outside world only tend to heighten the lost feeling. I have said before that, IMHO, PWDs should live in a bubble, with limited contact with distractions and upsetting things.
I have had and still have anxiety. I use my anxiety-relieving techniques to ameliorate the anxiety. They do work for me. I also work to keep upsetting things away from myself.
I know this is common because many PWDs and many care providers post about anxiety and fearfulness.
I hope you can find some peace and relief too, Michael.
Thanks so much Iris,
The answer would be easy to stop listening to news but sadly I have
always been a news junkie and always listened to it all the time.
Michael, then the question becomes, which is more important to you, being a news junkie or living in a state of constant anxiety and fear? Only you can decide how much grief you are willing to tolerate in your own life. I realized there is nothing I can do to change what's going on in the news, so why am I letting it take up so much space in my mind? Are you getting persistent thoughts about the news? This must stop, Michael!
If you can moderate, do so. If you are greatly bothered, cut the news out completely. Take a news siesta. Fortunately, this is something you do have some control over. It will be hard, like dealing with being a workaholic. But you can do it. Find a substitute activity. Perhaps something to do with your hands that takes you away from the tv. Also, think about listening to music instead of radio news and talk shows. That's what I do. Also, I am getting ready for another trip. I'm going to Egypt. The pyramids await!
I never been to Egypt. Have great time. I need to cut back on trips
until I sell my boat and build my house.