Just Right

Mike and I just returned from our weekend road trip, this time to purchase a cricket chair. We drove into the foothills of PA to a place called Duncannon, to exchange a few dollars for my soon to be just-right-for-anything chair. As a now five foot tall person, most chairs require lots of pillows, footrests and overall short use. But the cricket chair is just right. Just right memories of childhood, just right fit. Just Right.

In our Maximizing Energy support groups, we have been discussing how to be good care partners, and we have come to the conclusion that much of the decision is based on our biography, our long-held preferences and our experience. There really is no one-size-fits-all. But as care partners, we attend webinars, seminars and support gatherings with an eye to what is just right for us.

Like my cricket chair, it might take some time, some effort and even discomfort to get to what is just right for you—but the result is remarkable.

Thank you for signing up for the journey–no one chose to live with dementia, but we surely can choose to do it with all the grace we can muster, together.

Author: Cate
Passionate about dementia care and quality of life throughout the last days of life----sums up Cate McCarty, Dr. Cate, Dementia Coach. With close to forty years of long-term care experience in nursing and recreation, a Master's in Thanatology and a PhD in Aging Studies, Dr. Cate seizes every opportunity to translate research into quality of life for individuals with dementia and all of us who have the honor to "rub elbows" with them.

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