Alzheimer’s residents pasts might amaze you
Today I learned that one of the sweet men living in memory care was a professional football player for a Midwest team. Still another surprise!
Over the years, I’ve met a general, a model (who was still beautiful at 95), two nurses who served in World War 2, several teachers, and more.
When you first see a resident in a dementia/Alzheimer’s home, you usually see someone older, weaker, less able to communicate. It’s so easy to dwell on that part of them and miss the wonderful lives they’ve lived. If you get a chance to talk to them, and they are still able, I urge you to ask them about their histories. They will enjoy the telling as much as you will enjoy the listening. They so deserve our respect and appreciation!