Finished his western Canada bike ride in Hope, BC... Dale has this reflection on dementia:
I was struck by how my ride might, in some ways, mirror the journey that people and their loved ones affected by dementia travel. The landscape, while familiar in some ways, was ever changing and each day brought challenges and the unexpected.
The prairies in particular struck me as a place that was losing its past, where towns stood half empty (or more) and I thought of memories being lost and a sense of a house where one once lived, still standing but being emptied of the things that made it home.
I also realized how important it is to have people in our lives when we are on such a journey. People make us whole in many ways. They cannot always take away our problems but when we know they care they can certainly make us feel that we are not facing them alone.
The trip, more than anything, has reminded me of the importance of connecting with the people I interact with at work and in life who may be walking the journey of dementia. It has reminded me that relationships are the important and sustaining essence that is woven throughout the tapestries of life. My hope, for myself and others, is to learn as much as we can about how to be supportive for those who have this disease because one day it will be a friend, coworker, family member or even ourselves.
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