I felt guilty. It’s challenging, when you have nearly 50 residents, to spend equal time with all of them, especially those that stay in their rooms most of the time, I told myself. Still, I felt guilty that I wasn’t able to see some of my residents more often. Beatrice* usually stayed in her roomContinue reading “Photographs.”

1, 2, 3.

“Hm, hmm, oh, wow,” Carol* said, touching some of the puzzle pieces on the table. She picked one up and turned it around in her hands, staring at it with a faint smile. “Well, yes, this is really…this is really something,” she mused. Carol is in a later stage of Alzheimer’s disease. She loves to touchContinue reading “1, 2, 3.”

Lewy Body.

I recently had a resident’s husband come up to me and ask about moving his wife to another room. “I think Bethany* should be in her own room, not sharing one,” he said. “Why’s that?” I asked. “Is she not getting along with her roommate?” “No, it’s not that…it’s just that, well, she’s seeing things.Continue reading “Lewy Body.”

Death & Dementia.

“What happens when your residents die? Do your other residents get upset? Do they remember that person?” many people have asked me.  Angela* has fairly advanced dementia and lives in our community. One day, we received some bad news. Her family emailed us to let us know that her husband, who lived outside the community, hadContinue reading “Death & Dementia.”

People In The Woods.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend watching HBO’s documentary, “The Memory Loss Tapes.” It’s a feature length film, but it is worth watching. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be astounded, and you’ll cry some more. The documentary follows people in different stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and documents their successes and struggles. I’veContinue reading “People In The Woods.”

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