Does the thought of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia leave you anxious? These are thieving illnesses, stealing independence from their victims and peace and energy from caregivers. One of the emotionally-draining symptoms of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. Arguably, this is the worst symptom of the disease. It brings to mind another dependent stage of life.
In infancy, we didn’t have the ability to understand or appreciate what our caregivers did for us. Whether our caregiver was a parent, an extended family member, or a childcare professional, we were totally depedent on someone else to fulfill our needs.
I can’t recall being fed by my mother. I don’t remember her changing my diaper. I don’t remember being dedicated in the church. But now that I’m older, I realize these things happened. My physical, emotional, and spiritual needs were met.
I have a vague memory from my infancy. I was being bathed in scented, warm bathwater. My mother and grandmother were smiling and leaning over me. I have no idea how old I was, I only remember the tranquility of the memory.
In the same way, I hope Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients perceive expressions of love from their smiling caregivers.
Memory is a precious gift, but love is greater.
A word for caregivers: I have the greatest respect for you. Yours is one of the greatest acts of love one person can give another. In the end, your loved one may not remember the love you showered upon her. But you will remember. More important, God remembers. Your acts of love and kindness never escape His watchful eye.
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