Betty, 89, struggles to find words.
“There’s a lot of memories, but I cannot get to (them),” she says.
“I know it’s hard when the words don’t come,” Marguerite answers soothingly. They are looking at pictures, something they frequently do during their weekly visits.
Memory Visiting volunteers engage with those experiencing the early- to mid-stages of memory impairment.
Betty has dementia and only some peripheral vision loss. She can’t be left alone.
“She’s a great support for my mother, and for me actually,” said Betty’s daughter Monette, her mother’s caregiver for the past 10 years.
Marguerite says the Memory Visiting program is vital for caregivers.
“They need to be able to get away, without any guilt. They need simple respite. Being a primary caregiver can make your world very small.”
The family is so grateful for your support to United Way. And so is Betty.
“Thank you, thank you so much.”