When Words Fail
When memories fade and our loved ones begin to experience dementia, there are real challenges and painful adjustments to make. Because many dementia diagnoses are progressive in nature, family members and caregivers need to prepare for ongoing change. This takes energy and tireless devotion.
As the holidays approach, remember those in your circle who are primary caregivers to those with dementia. Their lives can at times be lonely and can be greatly improved by receiving support. Just like you are trying now to shop for gifts, bake and decorate, so too are these caretakers in our midst – but with little freedom to step away from their caregiving. Offering even a short hiatus can mean so much! Caregivers are often unsung heroes.
Nationally, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are more than 15 million people providing unpaid caregiving to people with dementia – giving an astounding 18.2 billion hours valued at $230 billion dollars. Truly, these angels deserve our appreciation!
Here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, our three levels of memory support provide dependable and loving care to our residents with dementia and a wide variety of appropriate therapies (music, art, horticulture and exercise) and activities that enhance daily life and allow these residents the chance to thrive even as they face their challenges.
Today, we honored members of our staff who serve for many years and awarded the 2017 Hall of Fame awards to our exemplary staff members. A number of those who spoke, were honored or who are already Hall of Fame winners serve in our memory care units. These dedicated caregivers demonstrate devotion and creativity in their ongoing support of their residents and one another. It is inspiring to witness. They help bear the burdens and inspire one another to serve with dignity and love.
Let’s join together to express our thanks to those who give so much to those who, in their lives, gave so much to us.