I have an Amazing story to share about a recent experience I had using the tools and training from our recently launched Alzheimer's program! When opening an Alzheimer's case yesterday for a wife and husband who both have dementia, an argument started between family and clients about a coffee mug that was not supposed to be used, as it was for decoration only. The mug had a picture on it which was American soldiers lifting a flag atop Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during the Second World War. I attempted to break up this argument by asking the male client (who was upset) what this mug meant to him and what it was about. He began to tell me this amazing story and went on to tell me that he was a marine veteran of World War II.
At that moment I pulled out our Alzheimer's book on the topic of World War II, with a cover that shares the same picture as the one on the mug. I asked him if he would like to hang on to the book and read it. By the expression on his face I knew it brought him much joy and I could tell he was very happy to receive the World War II reading book.
While visiting the couple today, the wife grabbed the book off the table and started to look through it focusing on the pictures. I asked her if we could sit and read it together. The patient's husband looked over at me and told me: "don't waste your time, she's can't read anymore." I looked over at the husband and inquired if he would mind me trying to read with her. He shrugged his shoulders with a tacit approval. I then sat down next to her and she opened the book and began to read the first page to me. I then read the next page and we went through the book taking turns reading to each other.
The husband seemed very shocked by this and very pleased as well. As the wife and I went through the pages discussing different topics throughout the book, the husband would chime in and talk about his experience with each particular topic, sharing how he was a part of World War II.
This was an amazing experience I had with them and they showed great gratitude towards me for spending the time with them. I truly believe this is an amazing program and am very proud to be representing a program I feel strongly about! Thank you for this opportunity to be a part of this awesome company and amazing program. This is by far the most meaningful experience I’ve had thus far in my nursing career!”