THIS IS MY WHY
In 2016 I started my career in Senior Living. That’s when I met him. It was my first time meeting and interacting with someone suffering from Alzheimers. I joke that we started the same day. He would come into my office almost daily. We would sit and talk, he would ask me things like “Where am I?” “Where is my wife, she is the love of my life” “Tell me about myself” almost always with tears in his eyes. One night when I got home from work I decided to google him, which ended up being a blessing. I was able to find a recording of an interview he did with the local library talking about his life. The next time he asked me about himself I was able to tell him everything I knew.
Over time we formed a bond, he became very special to me. I would guide him when I saw him in the halls wandering, run to his room to get his walker when he was out without it which was most of the time, I visited him in the hospital and brought him his favorite – cokes! Eventually his wife (who had been in the hospital) came to join us at our community and what a reunion it was. He never stopped smiling. His visits to my office became less and less but I made a point to go visit with them in their new home. His wife would often tell me about the man he was prior to this disease and what a wonderful man he was. I loved them both so very much, which made it hard for me to leave when I accepted a new position at another community. A few months later he passed. I was lucky enough to get to know him before then. He is the reason that I am so passionate about Alzheimers and working with Memory Care residents.
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