As the end of the year approaches, my thoughts are turned to the sweet clients at Aspen Senior Activity Center who have touched my life for good. Some have left us and some are still with us. I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in their care. Despite the progressive psychological and physical losses associated with dementia, my dear friends continue to show their kindness and appreciation. Be it a tiny smile or pat on the hand, I recognize the courtesy although it is not always easy to give. Declines to health, both age-related and disease-related, such as pain, stress, depression, and/or visual/hearing loss could cause people to become negative. Aspen clients are generally positive and happy: our daily activities including games, art, music, and meals bring much laughter and enhanced socialization. Clients have shown examples of courage, strength, dignity, and grace by bravely facing difficulties and fears. I am a better person for knowing each one and the rewards (e.g., more patience, empathy, forgiveness, perspective of what really matters, setting goals based on priorities, and building lasting relationships) I have gained are extremely invaluable.
I love my clients and their families! And look forward to many new and memorable experiences in the coming year…
Wishing you all a wonderful, happy new year~
P.S. Love you, too, Ludy!