Acceptance and Kindness
I recently had a clinic visit with a patient and family who have been traveling along the journey from mild cognitive impairment to mild dementia. They expressed that they recently have embraced the Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and how freeing this has been for all of them. I was struck by how acceptance of the diagnosis seems to have led to greater self kindness on the part of the patient and kindness toward the patient on the part of the family. We have written about acceptance and self kindness in the past, and this clinical interaction really brought the intersection of these 2 concepts home for me. It also reminded me of a favorite quote by the Dalai Lama, pictured above.
I would challenge us each to consider today the ways in which we might “choose kindness”. For yourself, with MCI, it may be practicing acceptance of the diagnosis, and giving yourself grace that your memory is an area that needs support. If you are a care partner, maybe it is thinking about ways in which you can support your loved one with MCI, or perhaps ways in which you can be kind to yourself. Consider adding this to your to do list today!
Comment below on how you practice self kindness, acceptance, or both.