As many of my friends know, I work as an activity director at an assisted living in Tulsa. I have been doing what I love for over 15 years. I have worked with all levels of care, from seniors in Independent Living, Adult Day Care, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Within those experiences, I have seen every stage of the effects of Alzheimer's on my residents and their families.
I think of the brain as a file cabinet that holds a lifetime of memories. Most residents I serve are in their 90's.... I listen to their stories and think of all of places they have lived, all the hugs they have given, all of the Thanksgiving turkey's they have cooked, all of the laughs they have had with friends, all of the hard times they endured.
At some stage, their "file cabinet" of a brain may be full, with no room for new "files" from their life today. They can recall how life was on the farm growing up, when times were simple. They can recall their first job and I see how proud that memory makes them. They can tell me about the love of their life, when they married, when their husband went off to the war and how they raised children alone but never complained. Today, they may not remember what my name is, or where their room is. But I am here to help them experience something, it may be an puzzle or craft, it may be a person coming in to play piano, it may be a simple conversation, or even just a smile.
I love what I do. I love the residents I serve, and I love the experiences and wisdom my residents share with me, whether it be from their file cabinet of memories, or something we may experience today that could be forgotten 2 minutes later.
I am collecting donations to help with this disease that is in my life on a daily basis.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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