The question then becomes…just because someone has cognitive decline, should the definition of a “good friend” change?
Consider this quote from either William Shakespeare or Elbert Hubbard or anonymous depending on which website you chose, “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, allows you to grow.”
Regardless of who first said that it summarizes what Lady-Links personify at each and every visit with our dear friends. We know and love them as they are, wherever they are, on the dementia timeline. We appreciate the life they once lifed, but still, we recognize that they continue to have contributions they can make, blessings they can bring to others, and meaningful pruposes yet to be accomplished.
As the quote says, we look for ways to help them continue to grow and we do that regardless of the progressive neurological disease they have. To us, the definition of a “good friend” remains the same even when a person is diagnosed with dementia.
What makes a good friend? A person who links love, laughter and life together in meaningful ways regardless of circumstances. And that describes a Lady-Link!