Life can get into a boring rut unless we take steps to add interest to our daily routines. Sometimes we just need to add a little spice whether it’s to our meals, our homes, or to our lives.
Adding “spice” to the life of a person with dementia is what we do at our Lady-Links visits. We find areas of interest for each of our dear friends and then we create activities and projects that will be meaningful for them. We visit once or twice a week engaging each dear friend in activities that she enjoys and can successfully complete. Lady-Links are the “Spice of Life” to four dear friends with dementia who live in our retirement community. The following is a poem written by Dennie Lindsey to express appreciation to the Lady-Links for what they do to spice up the lives of these dear friends.
The Spice of Life
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice
provide an aroma that will surely entice.
Spices add flavor to all that we eat
turning something unsavory into a treat.
But when the spice rack is empty and none can be found
that’s when Lady-Links arrive to change things around.
They smile, they laugh, and their joy will touch
a dear friend who needs to be uplifted so much.
Each visit is filled with a sweetness so bold
that it replaces the grocery-store spices of old.
This sweetness is a spice that never runs out
made from love and laughter when Lady-Links are about.
Thank you, Lady-Links, for the spices you impart
making a lasting impression on each dear friend’s heart.
Lady-Links add spice to their friends’ lives through the love, laughter, and joy they bring to each visit. What about your friend or loved one with dementia? Could they use a group of friends to add “spice” to their routine? Our hope is that you will find inspiration through what we do at Lady-Links and copy our model of friendship visits so that those dear friends in your life will be valued, loved, appreciated by their own set of friends as they engage in activities that provide meaning and purpose to their lives.