Hanging out with Alzheimer’s | JAQUO Lifestyle Magazine
The more I visit my mother in her memory care residence, the more drawn I am to the other residents there. In fact, sometimes some of them feel like family.
That’s a reversal of the first reaction many have to a care facility. When you walk into a facility for the first time, it feels a little scary. If not scary, you might find it uncomfortable. Residents may be in the dining room having tea or coffee, many sit in the living room watching television. A percentage of them will be in wheelchairs. Many nap, slouched over. Some don’t say much anymore, one or two chatter on and on.
Don’t shy away though. Take a closer look, this time with your heart and mind. The one dozing on the couch will get up and dance with his wife when a band comes to visit. He’s a darned good dancer too! The woman in the wheelchair sitting near him has a killer sense of humor. One of the ladies, dressed so nicely still, was once a model. Another goes out for pizza and a beer with her family every week.
Many of them can tell you about their pasts, or at least some part of it. They may get some facts confused, but are still able to communicate. If you ask them a question, they will look you in the eye when they respond. I admit the response doesn’t always make sense, but you will find them cordial and friendly, pleased to be in conversation.
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