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Love in Action

02 Jan

imagesDoes 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.

images (1)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.

Do you have thoughts about dementia, a prayer request, or an experience you’d like to share with us? Leave your comment. We’d love to be an encouragement to you.

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Jericha Kingston, Uncategorized

 

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6 responses to “Love in Action

  1. Pegg Thomas

    January 2, 2015 at 6:31 am

    My father has Alzheimer’s, as did his mother before him. It’s a devastating disease for everyone involved. And it’s the most under-funded disease as far as research dollars/people affected that we know. We know that five times as many people have Alzheimer’s as have Aids, but the federal spending on research for Alzheimer’s is like 1/10th of what’s spent on Aids research. That’s another tragedy of the disease. It’s looked at as an “old people” disease and in our culture, we have stopped valuing “old people.” So sad.

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  2. Jericha Kingston

    January 2, 2015 at 6:53 am

    A sobering thought, Pegg. Thank you for sharing about your father and grandmother, and for the link to the research funding.

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  3. Robin Patchen

    January 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Getting Alzheimer’s is one of my biggest fears. Worse I think would be to watch someone I love suffer with it. You’re right that those who work with Alzheimer’s patients deserve our utmost respect.

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  4. Renette

    January 3, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    It is hard to see our parents health and minds fail. Taking care of yoursefe is the best way to help take care of them. You can’t help if you wear yourself out. We have spent the last 6 months helping my husbands mom with multiple health issues. Now some of the mental stuff is going on. She lives 4 hours away and the times we are home are our times to refresh and renew. Maybe moving her closer soon. I know it will be hard for her to leave a place she has lived for 55 or more years.

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  5. Jericha Kingston

    January 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Renette, thank you for your insight. A person must be healthy to properly care for someone who is ill. I fear too many caregivers are exhausted. I’ll be praying for you and your family. Thank you so much for contributing to the discussion. God bless you in the days ahead as you and your husband make life-changing decisions for your mother-in-law.

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