Welcome back Readers! First off, my heartfelt thanks to those of you that have written, sharing your concern during my absence. I’ve missed you and am glad to be back once again sharing OMG Worthy food, fashion, décor and travel inspiration.
When my dear uncle took ill, I immediately went to Florida to care for him. Although he never had children, he always treated me and my siblings as his own.
In summary, my uncle’s mild dementia had spiraled into full-blown Alzheimer’s Disease. Once the doctors told me he could no longer live alone, I had to scramble for a plan of action. Caring for a loved one living close by is challenging enough; caring for him 1,000 miles away was out of the question.
I moved my uncle to a lovely memory care facility near me. Taking him away from his home, friends and familiar surroundings was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Getting him settled and the appropriate medical care took months.
We’ve come a long way on this difficult journey. One thing that I learned along the way should be applied to our everyday living. I read the book Creating Moments of Joy. The gist of it is about giving joy, even if it will soon be forgotten. An Alzheimer’s patient may not remember the moment, but what matters is that they enjoyed it. When I can bring joy to my uncle, the smile on his face is priceless.
How else can we create moments of joy in other people’s lives? Sometimes it is the simplest of things that we can do or say.
As I turn the chapter on this difficult year, I am looking forward to resuming my blog.
Happy holidays and may the new year bring you and your loved ones many moments of joy.