Yesterday was Independence Day in the United States. I grew up in Pennsylvania in the suburbs of Philadelphia and learned a lot about our nation’s history. I walked the battle grounds, touched the Liberty Bell, and can still draw the floor plan of Independence Hall. I knew about America history but not a lot about my family’s history. My Grandmother had dementia and has since passed. I remember talking with her on the phone as she would tell me what it was like waiting for letters from Billy (my grandfather) during WWII. She would talk about their dates – she no longer knew I was her grandchild but instead I was a friend and allowed myself to be in her time zone. Often we try to reorient our loved ones to ‘our’ time and place but trust me, if it is not hurting anything other than your feelings – visit them where they are. I feel so blessed to have been able to learn about their history together, to hear her laugh, to glimpse her youth. She had a great infectious laugh and swore there was nothing a cup of tea could not heal. If you have a loved one that is ill with dementia or any other sickness, spend time this week just listening to their stories. Pour a cup of tea or coffee and you just might be blessed too.
Please call Annette or myself at 309-575-3108 or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about us and The Lamoine’s philosophy of senior care. We currently are offering limited tours since the building is an active construction site but have videos and information to share.
We are out and about a lot so please let us know you are coming to visit us at the trailer behind the Lamoine before setting out. If the OPEN sign is on – we are in.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!!!