Ah… it’s a new year and the perfect time to set a few goals, within reason, such as try to be healthier, happier, and to be a better caregiver while being kind to yourself.

Caring for someone with dementia is not easy, but if you reach out to others and surround yourself with positive people, your world will be better.

Make this year the one that you find support and accept love from others.

Words are very powerful and can give us hope.

My hope is that these words of courage and love will offer you some comfort in the coming year:

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put into that action.” – Mother Teresa

“The love received is the love that is saved.” – Eddie Vedder

“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. – Ray Bradbury

“Believe you can and you are halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“You haven’t failed until you quit trying.” – Anonymous

“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” – George E. Mueller

“Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” – Les Brown

“Impossible situations can become possible miracles.” – Robert H. Schuller

Our mission at Memory Matters is to support our caregivers, offer the best dementia-specific day care center for their loved ones, continue to explore programs for early memory loss such as Connections, and help people understand the importance of keeping a healthy brain with innovative programs such as Brain Boosters.

For more information, call our office at 843-842-6688 and talk to any of our staff members. We are all certified dementia care specialists through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Visit our website at www.memory-matters.org.

Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. karen@memory-matters.org