Exploring the human side of dementia helps put a face on this fast-growing affliction. This study reflects one elderly woman’s story of recovery from dementia that arose following a stroke. Painting a portrait of life with dementia can help us conceptualize the experience, how people live and how they would like to live. The woman is Marcia, my mom, and this is a qualitative inquiry with a collaborative narrative design to explore her experiences and to document my own. This study may help dementia patients and their support teams better understand the process of living with dementia and can perhaps lead to a more informed and supportive environment to optimize recovery for all concerned.
Dementia, Dementia Recovery, Quality of Life, Qualitative
We would like thank Marcia for her willingness to share of her lived experience and her resilient life.
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Miller, D., & Johnson, C. W. (2020). Defying Dementia: An Exploration of Recovery. The Qualitative Report, 25(10), 3627-3640. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss10/9
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