#WordsOfComfort

Finding a way to stay connected during this time of stress and social distancing.

During the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we are all feeling more lonely and disconnected. If you are living with or caring for someone with dementia that feeling is even stronger. Both family members and healthcare staff are feeling this stress too.

We began #WordsOfComfort to bring us together and share words of support, advice and comfort as we move through this time. We hope these words of comfort help each of us to know that we are not alone.

I have worked with caregivers for persons living with dementia for almost 20 years as a family physician/geriatrician at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. I always am awe-struck at the transcendence caregivers go through during their journey supporting persons living with dementia. The dedication caregivers show in recognizing the “human-ness” in their loved ones always humbles me.

During my 23 years at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, I have had the honor of working with residential care staff throughout the Chicago area. I am always impressed at the depth of compassion and respect they convey for the people with dementia. They bring joy, structure and love to difficult situations.

With COVID-19, it’s a tough time for residential settings. You all are strong and will help your residents through with that same compassion and respect. We are sending #WordsOfComfort during this time.

And I look forward to being back with you soon!

Sandra Shields, a founding member of the Without Warning support program, had a gift for writing poetry. Along with Nancy Swanson, our music therapist, the song Faith was created. This has become a special song to many of our members. Part of this song seems comforting at this time.

Unexpectedly life brings you to your knees.
Just know that there are those out there
That see just what you see.
No matter what life brings you must believe it’s there.
Just as long as you have FAITH.