It’s important to share your stories with others because there is something to learn in every story. This story from Holly shows how with just a few words, she was able to calm down her friend and get her back to a happy state of mind.
I Think a “Fiblet” is Okay.
I arrived at Bernice’s assisted living community one day and found her extremely agitated. The caregivers had tried everything to get her to calm down, but she continued to pace and push people out of her way.
When she saw me, she immediately told me that she was very angry because “the girls”, as she called her caregivers, would not take her to the third floor to visit her brother who she “found out was working there.”
First of all, her brother had been dead for 20 years. Secondly, it was a one story building. She insisted that he still worked there. They would never have fired him because he was a very good worker. I looked at her straight in the eyes and said, “You know, Bernice, it’s probably his day off.”
I could see the wheels of reason turning in her head. She very calmly replied, “oh, I didn’t think of that. You’re probably right.”
Off we went hand in hand out to the garden for a nice visit.
Please consider sharing your story, no matter how short or long. Each story like this can help someone else caring for a person with Alzheimer’s. Thank you so much!