. “Disinhibition” is the term for what happens when the brain loses the ability to inhibit, or stop, our impulses to speak or act. We all have healthy inhibition, the “filter” that tells us not to say out loud the things that come to our mind. Think of the last time you were really angry, or jealous, or upset with someone, but you chose to “bite your tongue.”
Your heart is in the right place. You’re doing everything you can to make your relative who lives with dementia feel comfortable, safe, and cared for. But you still feel like a failure! What could the problem be?
In today’s episode of Care Partner Connection: Office Hours, I offer a recipe for respite that reinforces the importance of having some time that is truly your own, every day, while ensuring you will always have something special to look forward to.