"At her age, she's very cognizant that at every moment, she's probably seeing something for the first and last time, and that has dramatically changed the way I live my life as well," said Brad Ryan.
Amongst the many New Years wishes of a productive and happy year, this inspiring video found its way onto my facebook newstream. It will surely bring a smile to your face, and is a perfect reminder of the spirit that lives on inside as we age:
In both my work and my personal life, I am very aware of the ravaging effects that dementia and Alzheimer's disease can have on the elderly and those that care for them as these diseases rob people of their memories, their life experiences, and their voices. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Alive Inside, a documentary by filmmaker Michael Rosatto-Bennett, which chronicles Dan Cohen in his mission to bring music to people around the country suffering from dementia and, in turn, to restore their seemingly long-gone senses of joy and self.
"Respect Your Elders" is one of those universal sayings that we have all grown up with, but what does that really mean? More to the point, why does that phrase seem to persist across generations and cultures?