Posted by Larry Jordan on December 14, 2014, 1:53 pm
I only became aware of this video today, although it was posted 5 years ago. It offers the best glimpse of what I experienced with my dear Mother, Olga Martha Buseman Jordan. I took care of her for 9-1/2 years in my home after she got Alzheimer's, providing her hands-on care 24/7. I journaled this experience and hope to write a book about it, to help other caregivers. A lot of people write off those with Alzheimer's but I never did. Even at the end my mother was pulling me close, hugging me, and bestowing kisses. This video offers a glimpse into an Alzheimer's patient and how it is possible to still break through the gauze curtain and touch them at times. The lady in this video does the very things I used to do, in communicating with my Mother. No one told me to do it -- I instinctively would stroke my Mom's cheek, or hold her hands, and always try to smile and be bright when I entered her room even though my heart was breaking. I gave her encouragement and praise for the things she could still do. She would respond with big smiles and even after verbal communication became greatly diminished, she still understood things, would laugh at funny things on old "Lucy" reruns, loved watching the Food Network (even the night before she died), recognized people (and always me), and would even give me a kiss if I asked her to. (And other times as well). So she DID understand a lot. Anyway, this video should be viewed by EVERY person who has a loved one or friend suffering from this terrible disease. No one has ever come back from Alzheimer's so we don't fully understand the mental processes or state of mind. But I learned a lot and this video certifies many of the impressions I formed in caring for my own Mom. |
The bottom line here is: Music can break through the barriers and touch people in ways that nothing else can. Jim Reeves' soothing songs are even used in nursing homes to help calm and uplift patients. I hope you watch the entire video to see the surprise ending, at the link below.
Link: Beautiful music