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.

Many of us struggle to know if we are communicating well with our loved ones and if they are able to understand the world around them. Sentences get reduced to a few words, and answers to questions are limited. Do they understand what we are asking?  Are they following what is on tv?  Can they read?

We were in the drive thru yesterday trying to communicate on what to order.  All of the sudden Diane points and says “Rice Pudding”. There was a hand written sign on the window pointing out the restaurant has pudding.  We used to love rice pudding together.

Enjoy the small, sweet things you share.

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.

The caregivers I have a met at Without Warning are so amazing: compassionate, loving and courageous. I cannot imagine how difficult their lives must be, and yet they continue to smile