I spent some time with our memory care residents as they sat on the patio and shared past experiences and memories. At a table of several men, the conversation suddenly slowed. One of the men, a resident who was new to the community, had lost his train of thought.
“I’m sorry, I can’t seem to get the right answer, I’m dealing with memory loss,” he explained to the other men. They began to encourage him, saying, “You know it’s all right,” “We don’t mind at all,” and “Take your time.” I was so moved to hear these residents comforting the newcomer.
The simple act of acknowledging human frailty extends a sense of belonging to those who could otherwise feel left out. This was a living example of our value of compassion, being in solidarity with the joys and sorrows of others. I treasure the experience.
Submitted by Holly Caudill