Mum and I: Sewing with dementia

GB4
Posted March 8, 2021 from United Kingdom
Mum and I: Sewing with Dementia

 

Since my Mum was diagnosed with dementia, I decided to see if the idea of reintroducing her to dressing making (she was a dressmaker in her youth) might rekindle her love for sewing.

I'm so proud to say that Mum made many of her children's clothing. I remember having a green swimming costume made for me.

So, I seized the moment to engage my Mum with a sewing project.

You can watch a short  film clip of us making a small purse for her face mask.

www.stitchamazingly.com 

Success! My Mum's purse is used frequently  we go out for our local walks in the park. 

More information about caring for people with dementia can be found on this website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

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Absolutely amazing,keep going

GB4
Mar 08
Mar 08

Thank you Dr. Sulafa.

Chidimma
Mar 09
Mar 09

Beautiful, keep striving hard no matter the circumstance.
Thanks for sharing, your voice is your power.
Hugs.

GB4
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you Chidimma.
Take care and stay safe.
Glenda

Elizabeth Brewah
Mar 09
Mar 09

beautiful, thanks for sharing

GB4
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you Elizabeth.
Take care and stay safe.

Glenda

Anne Dupont
Mar 09
Mar 09

What a wonderful story and a great way to honor your mother. You have found a great way to connect with her. I had a father with dementia who passed away a couple of years ago. The best way to connect with him in later years was through activities and stories of years gone by. Enjoy your mother and the time you spend together. You are a beautiful daughter and spirit. Hugs to you, Anne

GB4
Mar 09
Mar 09

Dear Anne,
Thank you so much for your lovely words of support and encouragement.
Sometimes I have no words to express how I feel about my Mum having dementia. I am sorry that your Father had dementia and passed away.
Over time and gaining a better understanding on how to support my Mum, I share my love of creativity to be able to connect and have fun.
My Mum is always thankful as she is aware that her memory loss is worsening. It is so humbling and heartfelt when I see my Mum cheerful when we are engaged in sewing, colouring in, looking at old photos, dancing, walking through Kew Gardens ( my parents use to take my siblings and I every summer as children).
The picture of us both is after an 8 mile charity walk for the Alzheimer's Society a few years ago. Mum was so proud to receive her medal. So was I.

Hugs to you.

Take care and stay safe.

Glenda

Rosegold
Mar 21
Mar 21

How lovely keep doing what you are doing.
much love x

GB4
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Ms Rosegold :)
Thank you so much for your lovely words.
Creativity is a great way of sharing, which my Mum still enjoys.
Take care and stay safe. x
Glenda

Rosegold
Mar 24
Mar 24

I love creativity ... nothing in this world better! that`s wonderful tell her to keep going.
much love x
charlotte

GB4
Mar 24
Mar 24

Thank you so much Charlotte.
Glenda x