Delores Peich
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About a month ago, a friend gave me the idea to ‘adopt’ an assisted living community for the holidays, perhaps one where the residents don’t get a lot of visitors. I put a few phone calls in to places I was familiar with, and immediately received a call for help. Coincidentally, it was the same community my mother had lived at for ten years. I couldn’t say no to their request.

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She had been kind of ‘out of it’ from the time I arrived for dinner. The memory care center where my Mom lived always had activities going on and once a month they held a Candlelight Dinner. This was a neat time, because I was able to go to these dinners with my Dad, sit at lovely tables (all decorated beautifully) and enjoy whatever type of entertainment they had booked for the evening. This was their annual Holiday Candlelight Dinner and I was a little nervous about how she would do. Mom lived at a fairly small place, so these dinners usually had about 50 people total in attendance. Usually, I could get Mom to get into a conversation with me, but not tonight. She just wasn’t in the mood. She was sullen, looked tired and appeared as though she would rather be in her room than in this beautiful dining area. Dementia is funny like that. Good days and bad days, sometimes even hour to hour her emotional state could change and tonight she was NOT in the mood. At the front of the room was an upright piano. Then the ‘entertainment’ arrived.

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