I saw a wonderful series of photos that drive home a real point about how we perceive ourselves and how those we care for perceive themselves. When I look at myself in the mirror some days I wonder how it is that I’ve grown older – sometimes I still think I’m 20 years old (until I try to do something and my body reminds me I have a few more miles on the odometer … ).
With dementia patients they may look at their reflections in the mirror and will honestly not recognize themselves. This may lead to aggression, paranoia or terror.
As I look at these pictures I also think about the stories of their lives. Their life experiences and the ways they enhanced their families and community.
Take a look and enjoy … Photo credit to Tom Hussey …