We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Carefully watch your thoughts
for they become your words.
Manage and watch your words
for they will become your actions.
Consider and judge your actions
for they will become your habits.
Acknowledge and watch your habits
for they shall become your character.
Understand and embrace your character
for it becomes your destiny and your dreams.
I AM STILL ME
Look at me
I am still me
I may not look or act like I did years ago, But I am still me.
When I am scared,
I may cry
I may wander.
Reassure me, talk with me.
When I am frustrated,
I may scream
I may strike out.
Let me know I am safe, explain to me what I should do.
When I am cold or hungry,
I may yell
I may be restless.
Help me find comfort, ask me what I like to eat.
Look at me.
I am still me.
I just need your help now to guide me,
to comfort me.
BUT I AM STILL ME
--Erika K. Salmeron, RN
Nurse Manager of Dementia Unit
Somewhere deep inside of me
There is a person you might not see
Look at my face and you may only see
The person that you may not want to be
Look at my smiles, my tears, my confusion
Then you may know my world is illusion
Do I make you wonder who I may have been
If so, then you have become my friend
If only you will smile when you look into my
I may see the glimmer when life was once full
I no longer have the need to rationalize
So there is no need to apologize
So please care for me as you would for your friend
Because it is you for whom I have to depend
If but for a moment you find me content
It is then you will know your time was well spent
one wintry Christmas
I sit by the flame,
Sipping my cider,
Snow, on misletoes,
Gleaming like glitters
Berries and hollies,
Dangling in mid air,
Peaceful in my heart;
Starless, the calm sky,
- tri tran
And in the end, it's
not the years in your life that count. It's the
life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln
"There are three
kinds of visitors. The talkative ones ask how
you are and talk at the Alzheimer's patient,
generally about people he/she has forgotten
or never knew. Talkative visitors leave the
person confused and tired.
The 'talk among themselves" visitors
entertain each other and occasionally include
the caregiver. They stay too long and the visit
The best visitor
comes with a plan to involve the patient and
/or caregiver (in conversation or activities).
He /She asks questions, pays attention to feelings,
never contradicts or explains, and uses gentle
humor. When the visit is over, the person with
Alzheimer's is happy and relaxed." Alzheimer's
Association of South Australia 1995
"You do not
need to be perfect to be loved." Alice
had fashioned from her husband's clothes a tableau
of their life together around certain scenes...their
wedding day, the gravestone of a child
assembling from the fabric of memory all that
had been lost, all she still cherished, she
created a comforter of warmth and a work of
enduring beauty...something new from sorrow.
-- Mary Jane Moffat, "In the Midst of Winter".
"Don't come at me with answers that can only come from me
my hand and let me cry, and say, "My friend, I Care."
The Lord heals the
brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms
"The faces of
people with Alzheimer's are known to light up
with remembrances of attending springtime revivals
or singing old-time gospels. A relationship
with God tends to shine through a fog in thinking.
A psalm may be recognizable beam of light." Rev
"He surely is
in need of another's patience who has none of
his own" author unknown
Worship with friends
and family is peaceful and gives me the strength
to get through the week." Author unknown.
Even these may forget,
yet, I will not forget you. Behold, I have graven
you in the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:15-16
I will make a road
through the wilderness and give you streams
of water there.
In thee, O Lord,
do I take refuge
rescue me. Be thou to
me a rock of refuge;
Forsake me not when my strenght is spent. Psalm 71:1-3
If one member suffers,
all suffer together. 1 Corinthians 12:26A
the care of his mother to one of his disciples.
possible even when curing is not. Just because
a person can't follow along in a prayer book
doesn't mean he or she can't benefit from a
religious service." Rabbi Sam Siecol.
I expect to pass
through life but once. If, therefore, there
be any kindness I can show, or any good thing
I can do for any fellow being, let me do it
as I shall not pass this way again.
If you want to lift
yourself up, lift someone else.
Booker T. Washington
When we do the best
we can, we never know what miracle is
wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
We make a living
by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
After the verb "To
Love," "To Help", is the most
beautfiul verb in the world.
Bertha von Suttner
The best way to find
yourself is to lose yourself in the service
Service is the rent
we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.
Success is not built
on what we accomplish for ourselves. Its foundation
lies in what we do for others.
There are two ways
of spreading light: to be the candle, or the
mirror that reflects it.
Everybody can be
great, because everybody can serve.
Martin Luther King
The end of all education
should surely be service to others.
It is well to give
when asked, but it is better to give unasked,
In helping others,
we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we
give out completes the circle and comes back
True enjoyment comes
from activity of the mind and exercise of the
body; the two are ever united. Humboldt
The purpose of life
is not to be happy. It is to useful, to be honorable,
to be compassionate, to have it make some difference
that you have lived, and live well. Ralph Waldo
And in the end, it's
not the years in your life that count. It's
the life in your years.
Reading is to the
mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison
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