Kindness is a behaviour marked by a pleasant disposition, and real concern for (an) other. Kindness is a virtue. Aristotle defined kindness as “helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person being helped.”
I remain convinced that Dementia / Alzheimer’s patients feel our acts of kindness.
Did you know that a hug reduces stress and anxiety, and improves self esteem? This is by the way is a scientific fact.
Is a hug an act of kindness? Yes it is. Is holding a hand an act of kindness? Yes!
Now there is some downside here. It is unlikely that dementia patients as they progress will thank you directly for your acts of kindness. They just aren’t good at expressing their emotions. They don’t thank us very often if at all, and they might stop telling us they love us.
It’s not their fault – it all comes with the disease.
If you are not yet convinced then always remember this
Dementia / Alzheimer’s care-giving is one of the greatest acts of kindness of them all.