My Mom is in an Alzheimer's unit in Eugene,OR. I try to visit her as often as possible. She is at the stage where she doesn't remember me or my sister....the funny thing is she remembered Finn, my Border Collie when we went for a visit.
Finn is a funny dog, where most dogs love children, Finn loves the elderly. He will seek them out of a room full of people. He loves to snuggle with them and lay his head on their knee. Every chance I get I take him with me to visit my Mom and her "roomies". It takes a while for me to make it from one end of the building to the other.
Up until my Mom was really having difficulties we would take trips together every year. These are the greatest memories I have of my Mother. We took trips back East to visit family and to see the leaves change in the Fall, a trip up to Nova Scotia to visit a part of the world neither of us had seen, and to the SW to visit the Grand Canyon one last time (even though it was fogged in....we laughed and recalled memories of having seen it before). We visited a pueblo and one of the old Zuni women clasped my Moms hand (not seeing many elders she could identify with that came to visit the pueblos) and didn't want to let her go. I wish we could have stayed for a longer visit they seemed to understand each other even without speaking the same language.
One of the things I received from my Mom were some old pics of when she was little. She has been a dancer since she could walk and taught dancing (ballet, tap, jazz, hawaiian, tahitian, etc) for most of her life. I thought I would share some of those pics with you. She is old enough that she was actually part of the Ziegfield Follies as a child.
I apologize for the lousy pics of her photos, I just can't aim my flash.
One set is titled Heaven and Hell...
I just know this one was when she was a "little pony" this one was my favorite as a kid....
And these are the others, I have them all on a wall in my hallway to the office.
I wish I had taken the time to talk more to my Mom about all she had experienced in her lifetime. We covered quite a bit on our trips, but probably one of the saddest things for me was when she didn't recognize any of the family in the photos she had taken throughout her lifetime.