When you don’t know what to say…
We cannot imagine how it must feel to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease-to gradually lose your memory, your understanding of the world around you, and your ability to interact with friends and family. God has summoned our hearts to offer this book for the benefit of the loved ones who cannot speak for themselves and to help the families and caregivers who may be too overwhelmed to speak.
We often hear comments such as, “I would really like to visit, but I don’t know what to talk about.” Or, “They won’t remember me or know I was there.” My World is here to advocate for that loved one. Having Alzheimer’s disease does not mean your visit won’t be enjoyed. The loved one may not remember your name or how they know you, but many cherished memories of their past will remain. Take this opportunity to get to know the loved one in a new way. Ask about their beliefs, likes, and favorites. Ask for their opinion. When you sense pride or happiness in their voice, continue to explore. The desire to feel loved and valued does not go away.
We hope this book will help families stay connected. It is our dream that My World photo books will be readily available for visitors to use with Alzheimer’s patients. You may purchase a book for your loved one as a gift or donate a book to be used at your loved one’s care facility. Then, inform friends who express a desire to visit that this tool is on hand. We envision this book being used in small groups or individually to reminisce and evoke precious memories. Small children may bring joy to a grandparent by sitting nearby, or on their lap, and reading together. Many Alzheimer’s patients will be able to read the simple words-even in the later stages of the disease. What your loved one says or remembers is not important. The goal is to spend time together and to “treasure the moments”.