Some interesting perspectives on how a moment of joy can bring so much to someone who is detached from reality.
I saw a picture a few days ago, and it’s been on my mind ever since. The image was that of an older woman sitting alone on a bench looking off into the distance. The caption said, “Alzheimer’s isn’t contagious.”
As advocates, we place a great deal of emphasis on funding for research – we think a lot about the future – hopefully one without Alzheimer’s. And all of that is tremendously important. However, the image of that lonely woman reminds us we must also focus on those living with the disease today.
How many dementia patients sit alone in a facility, day after day, month after month, and year after year? One might argue that technically they aren’t alone; there are people around, the hustle and bustle of daily goings on, shower time, mealtime, and an occasional balloon volleyball game.
Don’t fool yourself –…
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