It’s difficult to think about Alzheimer’s without getting a little sad.
My parents died when I was quite young, so, I haven’t experienced this horrible disease directly. That said, I have spoken with many women in the community who are caregivers for one or more parents with dementia. Their stories of struggle are simultaneously heart-breaking and inspiring.
At the same time, while Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating, it is important to remember that it is not an end. Many women have told me that, once they got over the initial shock, they were able to reset their expectations and create many wonderful new memories with their mom or dad.
The important thing, as many Alzheimer’s caregivers have explained to me, is to look for creative ways to connect with our loved ones. This can involve familiar games, comforting locations or even memory sparking music.
Today, I came across a video that is a perfect example of this approach. In it, Simon McDermott sings “Quando, Quando, Quando” with his 79-year-old dad, Ted, who happens to have Alzheimer’s disease.
What is so wonderful about this video is that it shows the beautiful emotional connection between a son and his father. I’m sure that Simon and Ted struggle at times. But, for 3-minutes, they sing their hearts out and show the world that Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to mean the end of laughter.
I don’t know about you, but, I couldn’t help smiling as I watched these two wonderful people enjoying each other’s company. What a wonderful gift that they shared with all of us!
Please take a quick look at the video. Then, let’s get a conversation started.
Have you ever had to care for someone with Alzheimer’s? What advice would you give to the other women in our community who may just be starting this journey? What did you think of Simon and Ted’s carpool karaoke? Please join the conversation.
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