Look at the Half Full Glass

Nov. 11, 2020

It’s so easy to lament all the things an Alzheimer’s patient has lost, and that’s mostly because the issues are staring us in the face. Everyone’s journey is different, yet some of the observable losses in those suffering from this disease include progressive inabilities to use the phone, handle finances, select proper clothing, or actively engage in conversations. Despite that, caregivers can make a conscious effort to look for and celebrate even small things that a loved one may still be able to do. I remember the surprise and joy I felt watching residents who were non-verbal join in weekly sing-alongs I conducted when I visited my mother. People who did not know their names or what day of the week it was could easily recall verses and tunes to songs they had sung decades before.

This video shows how Paul Harvey’s son focuses on the musical ability that his 80-year old father still has, and how that impacted the lives of others when he chose to see the glass as still being half full. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you see their story.

Published by Ardella

My mother’s experience through Alzheimer’s was nearly a 5-year journey. During that time, I learned how to be a caregiver along with other family members and friends. During that time I kept a journal which I later turned into the book, Learning to Love Olivia: A Daughter’s Journal of Her Mother’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s. This blog will draw on some of that content along with my experiences with other caregivers and will hopefully offer support and encouragement to those who find themselves walking in the same shoes.

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