A sweet and simple connection

I watched a video that has been making the rounds on Facebook lately, and I thought it illustrated how we can still reach those in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s, we just have to be flexible in our approach.

Musician Joe Fraley’s mother has Alzheimer’s, and back in October, before she was moved to assisted living, Fraley recorded a video of him and his Mom sitting on the porch while he strummed a guitar and sang.

Clearly, the woman is confused and asks poignant questions like “Who are we?” Fraley’s approach is refreshing because he keeps things light and conversational, while still addressing her concerns and not being dismissive. The woman responds to the music, and you can see how it lights up her face, even if it is just temporarily.

Not only is it important for those with Alzheimer’s to still connect with their family members in small but meaningful ways like this, I believe it is equally important for the family caregivers. While the recorded moment is still tinged with sadness, Fraley was able to reach his mother through the cloud of dementia by their mutual love of music, and that is a memory to cherish.

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2 responses to “A sweet and simple connection

  1. Definitely tinged with sadness, but yes, a good thing that he reached her. My neighbor’s mom is in a care giver facility right at the corner of our subdivision. He walks there with his golden retriever and the dog brings a smile to many of the faces there. He is also a musician, and he brings his guitar there to play music to his mom and everyone else there. Music and lovable furry four-leggeds are a great way to connect with them, even if they don’t understand where the connection is rooted.

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