I was talking to a woman in her early 60’s with early stages of Alzheimer’s, she can have a full conversation with you but is a little forgetful. She told me how lovely I looked and how much she liked my flower in my hair, she asked me how I made the flower and how I got it in my hair, I explained that I bought it and it was just a clip in flower. She was so interested in it that I gave her it. She said “oh no, I don’t want to take it, your hair looks lovely with it…but if you insist!” I told her I didn’t mind, it really suited her, plus I had another one at home so my Mum clipped it into her hair. She was so happy with it that I didn’t mind that I didn’t really have another one at home, it was my favourite clip, one of which my niece Paige regularly tries to steal from me… (shes 2) but I never let her because I loved it so much.
I felt a little bit guilty, Paige always wanted it. But seeing this woman so happy with it and knowing what she has to live with for the rest of her life, such a cruel disease seemed much more worthy. She was over the moon for the whole time I was there, posing about with the flower in her hair and dancing to music. Paige would have got home and lost it, not given it a second thought.
My mum didn’t understand why I gave it away when I loved it and didn’t know where to get another one, but I figured life is too short it made her so happy and we all take things for granted. I think everyone should volunteer at a residential home (old people’s home) most of them don’t have family and don’t have any visitors, theyre fed, watered and left there with little to no company. It makes me feel sad. My granddad is currently there, but only because he broke his hip and can’t walk about very well, my parents are in the middle of building an extension for him to be able to sleep downstairs with his own shower and toilet room. This wont be completed for a few more weeks so my grandad has to stay there… it wont be long and he will be home! but the other people wont. This is their home, the last home they will ever have. Most of us will be in that position later in life so we should all help and remember that just because people are old doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings, they get really lonely and while we sit and take life for granted, no one considers what elderly people go through if your lucky to have your grandparents still living then go visit them, it might be boring for you but for them it will make their day and if you don’t have yours anymore and never bothered with them, you should be ashamed of yourself. Just saying.