“I got to see my mom laugh, cry and smile for the first time in months.”
Those were the words of my client after showing the video to his mom who is battling dementia. He told me that was the first time he saw his mom do any of those things in several months.
Laughter and tears of joy always come up in videos but this clearly was something something else. What I learned from my client is that people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia lose their ability to process emotions. They can get frustrated and euphoric but the ability to laugh and smile and cry in a healthy way gets lost.
So his mother’s tears made him really happy.
And what made this even more special was that when he asked his mom about what she liked about the video, she said “everyone was there”.
Clearly she connected with the video and the people that contributed and I think that is really remarkable.
This was the the first video I have done for a patient with dementia or Alzheimers so I’m incredibly thankful to my client for giving the chance to do this. Those illnesses are so challenging that honestly we had no idea how his mom would react. But I’m really glad we took the chance.
As he says “I’m going to show her this every week”.
If you have a loved one dealing with dementia or Alzheimers please give me a call. If a video can bring a few laughs and tears of joy then I have to imagine it is worth doing.