Tag: aging

Dementia Care & Babies

I’ve written about baby dolls before, but I often get reminded of the amazing impact they have in our residents’ lives. They really do make

“Get this old lady outta here.”

“Hey. Hey. Hey! Gwendoline, come over here,” Bethany said. My name is not Gwendoline, but that is often what Bethany calls me. Bethany is a

The Mirror.

I held Ingrid’s hand as we walked down the hallway to her room. Ingrid did not speak much, and when she did, her sentences were

A Mother's Touch

Every so often, Bill will come walking into our office. Our office door is always open, so it is not uncommon for residents to come

A Letter For An Old Friend

Dot, It has been a while since I’ve seen you. I moved to a new state, but I didn’t tell you that I was moving.

If I Tell Him Enough, He Will Remember.

So many caregivers feel that if they tell their loved one with dementia something enough times, that piece of information will stay with them.  “Dad,

The Mathematician

Mr. Johnston was always dressed to the nines. His shirts were crisp and tucked in, and his round glasses sat perfectly against the bridge of

Reality, TV

Dorothy sat in front of the television with a few other residents. The entire group was slouched in their respective wheelchairs, sleeping, oblivious to the

Bilingual Bowling

“We are bowling. Bowwwwlllllliiinngggg,” Clementine offered, dragging out the word and making a bowling motion with her hand. “Come bowl with us,” she said to

Beauty At Any Age.

“C’mon, pretty lady!” Ella motioned to Mildred. “Let’s go to lunch.” “That’s not me, I’m not a pretty lady,” Mildred shook her head, refusing to

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