This video is powerful. It has been shared about 430,000 times on Facebook in the last year. Even if you don’t want to read what I have to say, I think you should watch the video.
This is important on so many levels, but what really catches my attention is the fact that the woman singing did not grow up with “Jesus Loves Me” as a part of her tradition. She does not believe the words of the song, but she believes the words will reach her patient. She uses songs from the patient’s childhood to break through the barriers of Alzheimer’s to get a response. She uses love and understanding to establish communication. How different this would have been if she had decided that singing a song from a different belief system than her own was against her religion. Diseases like Alzheimer’s don’t recognize race or religion. They affect us indiscriminately. The video gives me hope that we can all communicate with each other despite the enormous difficulties involved. If we let go of fear and reach out to each other with kindness and openness we may find the words that will open communication.