This photo is my parents’ first selfie soon after they developed dementia – they peered into the phone completely amazed it was going to take a photo 🙂
They say laughter is the best medicine. When you are grieving the downward spiral of dementia in a loved one, you can do with a good dose of laughter medicine.
Here are some funny moments I experienced. I encourage you to share yours in the comments so we can all have a laugh. Of course, we wish to honour our loved ones and not laugh at their expense. So only share what you know would have been a “laugh with them” moment, not “at them”.
- When my parents moved into the home and the Lifestyle Coordinator asked them questions for their profile. They deliberated together and decided they had 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild (I am an only child and have 2 sons). I asked my sons (17 and 19) – “is there something you are not telling me?” and they said “Mum is there something you are not telling us?”
- When Mum thought she worked at the home and answered the phone when the receptionist wasn’t there. The staff later told me she did it often and provided them with a good laugh.
- When I was trying to ask my parents for their funeral requests. I didn’t get too far except for Dad’s one request – put on the side of my coffin “It’s moments like these you need a minty”. At his funeral, I honoured this by mentioning it in my eulogy and handing out Minties to everyone present.
“If you can’t make it better, laugh at it” Erma Bombeck