Charles Schoenfeld retired from his 27-year driving job with UPS one day before his fifty-sixth birthday so he could go to school to become a CNA. He said he was the only male in his class, the only person over fifty, and the only one without a cell phone or a hickey on his neck. He loved being a caregiver, and after retiring, he wrote the book, “A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Dementia Ward”.
This is one of my favorite paragraphs:
“I often heard apologies from the families of those living with Alzheimer’s. People tried desperately to excuse the behavior of a loved one whose mind had been set adrift. I hope this book reaches you. I hope to convey a message There are people who understand. Your loved one, regardless of his or her dementia, is capable of being loved by someone who up until now was a stranger.”
Isn’t it great to know, that no matter what becomes of us, we are still capable of being loved!