Dementia refers to symptoms associated with loss of memory and other cognitive skills, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. People with dementia have difficulty with short and long-term memory, and they may become disoriented, confused, and frightened when they find themselves in surroundings they no longer recognize.
Dr. Philip Grimmer, a doctor in the United Kingdom, shared a reassuring whiteboard made by a daughter for her mother with dementia:
The tweet was, understandably, liked more than 40,000 times. Other Twitter users shared their own stories of helping someone with dementia.
This woman shared a sweet story about her Mom:
Another Twitter user shared how they use technology to stay In touch and reassure their parent:
This Twitter thread reminds us of the simple things we can do to reassure the people we love who might be struggling. If you have a loved one with dementia, or family member or friend who’s caring for someone with dementia, take a moment to check in with them and find out how you can help.
As the saying goes, it takes a village.