Gracetta and her daughters are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.
Gracetta is a woman ahead of her time. She gave advice and lived her life transcending the norms of the times. She was a woman that other women and men sought out for advice and guidance. She raised 2 independent strong women who are both nurses. She encouraged them to seek higher education and they followed her lead. She was a very successful business woman as well.
Gracetta struggles with dementia and has for over 10 years which is typically considered the lifespan for the disease. Yet, she remains somewhat communicative and aware. She recognizes her daughters and continues to guide them in spite of her impaired cognition. They attribute this the tight control of her environment including the time she spends with her caregivers, their outings, the food she is prepared and eats and her routine.
Her daughters work hard to provide a rigid, stable environment for her. It has proven to be very healing for her. Gracetta is rarely ill and is behaviorally stable. She has caregivers who care for her at home. Their schedules are rarely changed. These caregivers devote 100% to her care. I cannot wait to share more of her story with you.
Gracetta and her family are kind enough to participate and contribute to my photo documentary "Love Still Lives Here" where the life of those with dementia and their caregivers are explored. Their stories are told through words and photographs. It was been an incredibly healing experience for this author.
I am so thrilled to tell you more about this wonderful woman Gracetta. You know this blog post is just a super short version, right? Her daughters shared beautiful stories about her before she had dementia, once she was diagnosed and now. The love is so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out! Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016. At it's core, Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia. After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world. These are the stories so rarely heard. Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.
Elder Remembrance Photography
In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos. It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s. When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized? Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them. Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there. It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff. It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life! Watch for E-Books with simple tips about how to take great photos. Add some stories about your loved one and you've got magic!