“I’m so sorry for your loss, our loss. I have followed you and your mom’s story for a long time. My mom just died in December 2015. She lived with me, and I took care of her for the past ten years,” wrote Leslie Jones on the MyAlzheimersStory.com Facebook post after I posted something about Mom’s death.
Ten years is a long time to be a care partner to someone who lives with dementia. I saluted and thanked Jones for all she had done for her mother and I asked her if she would like to share her top five “lessons learned.”
“There were so many,” she wrote, and then she listed these top five:
- Patience is paramount
- Tomorrow will be better
- Laugh every day
- She gets frustrated too
- Nails don’t trim themselves
Here are five of my own (besides these):
- There’s no point hating a disease
- “Broken” minds do not define who people are
- Holding hands is heaven
- Music is better than medication
- Somewhere over the rainbow is here and now
What are yours? Feel free to share in the comments below.
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