Juana Kwok from Touchstone Support Centre talks about being there for a neighbour who’s husband is developing dementia.
“I’ve seen you around the garden trimming your beautiful flowers.”
“I tried not to disturb you.”
“Ooh, please do.”
“How are you?”
“Yes, I am fine, thank you.”
“He’s not so good, he’s getting worse, he tends to be more forgetful, he wore his winter clothes on a warm day, he was going up and down searching for his house keys the other day and I told him that he didn’t bring me flower for my birthday. He insisted on yes, I brought you flowers the other day.”
She couldn’t hold her tears anymore and said he’s not the husband that she knew. She was really upset, what can I do as a neighbour/friend?
I do believe that no matter where we are, far or near, we should be a blessing for those people who we come in contact with.
I haven’t done much for her, I just listen to her, I only spend little time with her when we see each other in the street, I sometimes shed a few tears with her and I feel the pain for her when I realise that her loved one is living with dementia.
“Honestly I wouldn’t mind to do more for you, if I can be help.”
“Let’s go for an afternoon tea one of these days.”
“Yeah, it will be great.”
“Is Tuesday afternoon good for you?”
“The little that I’ve done, I hope it means something to you.”
“Yes, definitely, good neighbours are worth their weight in gold.”