Dementia can be an isolating experience for the person suffering from it, as well as and their family and loved ones. According to Alzheimer's Disease International, someone develops dementia every three seconds. It can be heartbreaking to try to take care of a family member who is suffering, and nursing homes can provide round-the-clock care that families often can't. However, this can be extremely emotional for all involved.
A Twitter user recently shared a heartwarming story about putting her loved one with dementia in a home:
Took my nan to her new care home today that’s for people with dementia, she met a lady who had the same name as her and they held hands the whole time they watched TV, the lady on the left (gladys) repeatedly said to my nan ‘don’t worry you’ve got me now’ 😩😩😫😫😫😫😫😩😩😩 pic.twitter.com/IJ9ozcsvKS— Lillie (@downinglillie) April 15, 2018
Many people shared their own stories about this disease:
Thanks for sharing this. Bitter sweet no doubt. My beloved had dementia. Wicked wicked disease 😢😔 I’m glad your Nan has found a friend x— lillyloo (@Lilllyloo) April 17, 2018
My grandma had dementia as well. But passed away at home last year in May. Can't believe it'll be a year next month. Grandmothers are precious. You realise later on in life that how important they were as role models. Losing both grandma's in two years was just hard.— Rukhsar. (@rukhsarahmed786) April 17, 2018
My grandpa is in one. My grandma went 6-7 days a week until she hurt herself. For most of the time it’s always just her and there is 14 other residents in there. I went with her weekly and every time I went in it would crush my heart not seeing any other family members besides us— Brandi (@brandi_rosser) April 20, 2018
This is a brilliant story lille x my father had dementia and it was very difficult to deal with it, but he too me a friend in his home and they walked around everywhere together, god bless your Nan and her new friend, best wishes from Ireland 💙😁😁😁— Ray woods (@Kippax73) April 17, 2018
Aww this is amazing!! My gran had the same there was a lovely lady in her care home who looked after her when she went in they were inseparable my grans dementia was worse so the lady wouldn’t leave her side all day you’d go in and find them wandering the corridors holding hand😭— dobasaur_🐲 (@hannah_dobbie) April 18, 2018
And some people got emotional:
We're so glad the two Gladyses have each other.