Looking for Home

Yesterday in Bringing Art to Life, a person with Alzheimer’s, appearing somewhat anxious as one looking for home, spontaneously took my face in her hands and, looking me in the eyes with intention and sincerity, said words to me that I couldn’t interpret phonetically, but that I understood completely spiritually. As she did this, her countenance changed, becoming deeply expressive of tenderness, serenity and compassion.

This experience had a profound effect on me, emphasizing a key concept of care giving: care giving is also care receiving.

Reflecting back, I, the one without dementia, was the one looking for home, and found it in her eyes.

2 thoughts on “Looking for Home

  1. Daniel, I discovered you and your writing through the AlzAuthors blog. As a fellow author (and poet), I wanted to reach out and thank you for your beautiful perspective on Alzheimer’s. It is rare, but wonderful to see such compassion in a doctor. Best wishes to you as you share your meaningful stories.

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