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Importance of Being Grateful During Dementia Care

Have you ever thought of dementia as a gift?

It might sound surprising, but seeing dementia as a gift can change your caregiving journey. In this episode, Lizette shares insights on finding gratitude while caring for a loved one with dementia.

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Embracing Faith in Caregiving

Faith plays a vital role in making dementia care easier. Understanding that a loving God has a plan for this difficult journey can bring peace. The podcast emphasizes how faith can provide clarity and certainty. It’s about trusting that God’s providence is at work, even in challenging times.

Discovering New Aspects of Your Loved One

One of the unique points discussed is how dementia can reveal new, gentle aspects of your loved one’s personality. The host shares a personal experience of seeing a softer side of their mother, a side that was hidden before dementia. This change can be seen as a precious gift, fostering a deeper connection.

Using Biblical Principles

The episode highlights the Heidelberg Catechism, a Christian document from the 1500s, as a guide. The Catechism is divided into three parts:

Recognizing Sin and Misery: Understanding our fallen state.

Finding Deliverance: Realizing salvation through Jesus Christ.

Living with Gratitude: Embracing thankfulness for God’s grace.

These principles can be applied to dementia caregiving, helping you find gratitude daily.

Engaging in Meaningful Activities

Engaging your loved one with dementia in meaningful activities can be challenging. The host introduces a special Memorial Day mini-course designed to help caregivers find engaging activities. This course is short, practical, and affordable, offering immediate, actionable ideas to make lasting memories.

A Message of Hope and Gratitude

The podcast ends with a powerful message: despite the hardships, there is always something to be grateful for. The host encourages caregivers to remember their faith and to find joy in small moments. Gratitude can transform the caregiving experience, making it more fulfilling.

Join the Community

For ongoing support, the host invites listeners to join a positive, proactive Facebook group for dementia caregivers. This community offers practical tools, support, and a space to navigate caregiving challenges together.


Finding gratitude in dementia caregiving is not about ignoring the difficulties but about recognizing the hidden blessings. Faith, meaningful activities, and a supportive community can make a significant difference. Embrace this journey with an open heart, and you might find unexpected gifts along the way.

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The Gift of Dementia

[0:01] I know many people are going to think that I've lost my mind this Memorial Day when I say to you that dementia can be a gift if you think about it in the right way. I have been extremely grateful to the Lord for all of his kind providences to me throughout my life. It's taken me a long time to get here. However, one of the biggest gifts I have received recently is the gift of dementia. And what I'd love for you to do today is listen to this short episode, 123, why it is important to be grateful during a dementia care journey, this Memorial Day episode.

[0:54] Have you recently found out someone you love has dementia struggling to wrap your head around how to be a Christian caregiver searching for answers by joining countless Facebook groups but find them toxic learning how to cope with dementia feels difficult but learning a Christian caregiving worldview can be easy. Hey, brother and sister in Christ, I'm Lizette, occupational therapist, pastor's wife, turned dementia coach, and a daughter of dementia. In this podcast, you will learn the truth that the way to make dementia care easy is your faith. Knowing that a loving God has decreed this hard providence in your life makes all the difference. Here, Here you will gain skills. You will be challenged by what God says in his word about caregiving, and you will learn exactly what dementia is and is not. Find clarity and certainty from God's word so you have perseverance for this journey. Use science-backed solutions and biblical principles to redeem your time. Praying this blesses you as we dive into dementia from a Christian perspective. Let's glorify God despite dementia.

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Finding Gratitude

[2:21] Not many people will tell you that dementia is a gift, but a dementia care journey can be a tremendous gift. I will tell you that in my own life and in my own experience, it has been a tremendous gift to me related to my relationship with my mom. I have been able to see a soft and gentle spirit in my mother that I've never been able to see before. And for that gift, I'm eternally grateful. In today's episode 123, why is it important to be grateful during a dementia caregiving journey? This Memorial Day episode, I am dedicating to my mom because, Because, like I said, the gift of dementia with my mom has been very, very precious to me. And what I wanted to show you guys today is that we can be grateful, even in our dementia and dementia caregiving journey. So I wanted to remind us today on Memorial Day, which is a day of remembrance.

[3:38] What we can be grateful for. The Heidelberg catechism which is a document that i grew up with in south Africa because we i was born and raised in south Africa and we came to the united states when I was 23 years old wouldn't recommend this but my husband and i got married on the 18th of September and we emigrated to another country on the 3rd of October the same year and it was a very stressful

The Heidelberg Catechism

[4:07] successful adaptation to married life. However, having said that, let's dive back into the episode where we're just briefly going to talk about the Heidelberg Catechism.

[4:18] The Heidelberg Catechism is a document that was developed in the 1500s, and I didn't pull up the dates for it, but it is divided. It is a Reformed Christian creed or catechism that's been divided into three main And the reason I bring it up today is because when you understand these three concepts of our Christian faith, we can have gratitude, we can be thankful on this Memorial Day for a dementia and dementia caregiving journey. The first part of the Catechism talks about how great my guilt or how great my misery, sin and misery are, which talks about, you know, the reality of sin, what our state, the fallen state is after Adam died.

[5:17] And Eve fell from their perfectly created condition and that it shows us that we need salvation because if we didn't need salvation.

[5:33] If we weren't living in this sinful place, One of the biggest struggles many people over the years have told me about helping somebody they love living with dementia is their inability to engage them in

Engaging Activities

[5:53] meaningful activities or engage with them in their environment. So for this Memorial Day weekend, I have created a short mini course for you on how you can engage the person that you love with dementia in meaningful activities so that you can make memories this Memorial Day. The course is super short. It is less than three hours. It has a lot of information that you can apply immediately today, and it is less than the cost of four people going to Chick-fil-A for lunch. So, I invite you to check out our Memorial Day special, this mini course on how to engage a person with dementia in activities.

[6:49] Because of our own sin, we wouldn't need salvation, we wouldn't need a savior, so the first part of it is how great my sin and misery is, and then the second part of it is what.

[7:06] What I need in order to be delivered from this sin and misery, which focuses on the work of Jesus Christ and how our salvation is achieved through his life, his death, and resurrection. It talks about our justification and sanctification and how we are then delivered from our sin and misery. But the third part is where we're coming to today. This final section is gratitude, how we are to live grateful and thankful for our salvation because of God's grace to us. It covers everything that we need in order to be grateful.

[7:55] And when you put those three pieces together in a dementia and a dementia caregiving

Importance of Gratitude

[8:01] journey, it makes it so much more applicable to us on a day-to-day basis. So today on this Memorial Day, I promised you this would be a short little episode. I want you to remember why it is important for us to be grateful during this Memorial Day season, despite a dementia diagnosis in our life. We were created by God. We fell from grace. We are living in a sin-cursed world, which is a miserable place for us to be. And then we need a deliverer, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. And then the last part of it is.

[8:52] Without those other two things, there's nothing for us to be grateful for. And I don't know about you, but I am grateful for my Lord Jesus Christ who died for my sins. And I ask you, if you are not a believer in Christ, to reach out to me. I'd be happy to talk to you about salvation. salvation because without that understanding, there is no other way to God. And so I invite you to reach out to me this Memorial Day. You can message me on Facebook. You can reach out to me on Instagram. But I want you to remember today, if you are a believer in Christ, it is important for us to be grateful this Memorial Day, and I am excited that you guys are here. Thank you for listening and for being a part of my world. Until tomorrow, which is May 28th, we have a special Memorial Days special for you, a summer special, where you can sign up to purchase a short three-hour mini course on how to engage people living with dementia in activities.

[10:19] So stop listening to me, guys. Go make memories this Memorial Day. I'm going to be visiting with my sister and my mom and my dad and my daughter, Suzette. So I am super excited and pumped up for this Memorial Day weekend. Go check out the course. I'm super excited about that. And like I said, be grateful. And may the Lord bless you and keep you until the next episode.

[10:53] Thanks for joining me today, Success Seeker. I pour my heart and soul into this program to serve review. You can serve me by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts and join our free Facebook group, Dementia Caregiving for Families. It's a positive and proactive space to navigate dementia caregiving together. Get practical tools and find support, but without the verbal Be a part of our community where we seek to find peace of mind and ease despite the dementia diagnosis. So join today and see you next time as our flight takes off.

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About the author

“Think Different” Dementia’s owner, Lizette Cloete, OTR/L graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1992. Lizette has almost 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, the latest being in the home health environment. She enjoys teaching on the topic of dementia, most recently presenting at a national conference on the topic “Dementia Made Simple”.

Disclaimer: These blogs, videos and any work done by Lizette Cloete OT, as a Member of Think Different Dementia, LLC, is given only as educational content and consulting work. This does not create an Occupational Therapist-Patient Relationship. The educational content and consulting work performed should not be considered medical treatment as an Occupational Therapist. The consulting work does not take the place of medical work normally performed by a licensed Occupational Therapist. Please consult a licensed Occupational Therapist for medical advice.

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