Memory Issues were Taking Away Shelby Jean's Motivation to Enjoy Life
In the years since Shelby Jean moved in with her daughter Shelly in 2002, her memory issues have gotten progressively worse. While it had been many years since Shelby Jean had done activities like aerobics and dancing, she still had plenty of interests, from listening to music and playing board games—especially backgammon and word puzzles—to reading and watching basketball. But as her memory issues increased, her interest in any activities plummeted.
Although Shelly, her family, and her friends tried to help, Shelby Jean started losing interest in all of the things that previously brought her joy. She spent less time with her grandchildren; she stopped doing hobbies she loved, like reading, listening to music, and watching movies; and finally she stopped communicating altogether.
For Shelly, it was hard watching her mom—who had once taught her baton twirling and was her junior high cheerleading coach—shut down. Not even her devotion to her Lutheran church could help Shelby Jean get back any of the life enjoyment she now missed out on.
As Shelly and other family members worried about what to do, Shelby Jean’s memory issues continued to get progressively worse.