I saw this posted on a friend’s Facebook page today. What a poignant reminder!
With Alzheimer’s, people don’t forget how much they love you or how much you mean to them. Sometimes it’s just that they don’t remember the specifics. When I try to put myself in the mind of someone with memory loss, this is how I imagine I would feel.
To spend quality time with someone who loves you is a precious gift. No matter who you believe they are, you are at peace feeling the love and comfort that you have with them.
Alzheimer’s is a great reminder to find The Presents of Presence in every moment. Many times, those with memory loss live in the present moment and as long as we stay in the happy flow, all is well. It’s when we dip into the past or sadness that things become a bit complicated. I think it’s a choice to live in the present and to enjoy that priceless moment of being with someone we love and sharing that time together.
It’s an important lesson I’ve learned through being involved with those in memory care facilities. With memory loss, life is stripped down to the bare minimum – health, food, clothing, shelter, love, kindness, dignity, caring, honesty, gratitude and blessings are what count. Designer goods, class distinctions, holding grudges and all that vibrates at lower frequencies isn’t important.
What matters is love, plain and simple.
Via FB post from a friend.