Alzheimer’s dementia care partners everywhere despair as their loved ones’ friends and sometimes even their family members seem to disappear, leaving both the person with dementia and their care partner feeling isolated and alone at a time when they need friends and support more than ever.
I know what it’s like; I’ve been there myself. It’s devastating, debilitating and soul-destroying.
There may not be any pain greater than being helpless in the face of a loved one’s suffering. When requests for help are refused, it compounds the misery.
MaryBeth Beamer captures the agony of her husband Alan Beamer in this gone-viral video:
In response, Laura Bowley of Mindset gathered a group of her friends who live with dementia (Jan Ford, Kelly Wood, Teresa Webb, Mary Beth Wighton, Michael Ellenbogen, and Chuck Frichot) to send this message of support and encouragement:
People living with dementia are still people. They have feelings and needs, like we all do.
They may not remember clearly, they may repeat, they may behave differently than they did before, but they are still there. Their spirits are alive and well.
Don’t run away from people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Run toward them. Reach out to them. Hold their hands. Love their hearts.