89 year old Pauline Heafner was a cheerleader at Belmont High School (Belmont, NC) back in 1943. They were some of the happiest days that she can recall given her dementia diagnosis of late. As WBTV’s Kristen Hampton reports – “The best memories of your life are sometimes the oldest ones. For some people, those are the only memories left.”
In an act of absolute kindness, staff members at Abernethy Laurels asked the cheerleading squad at South Point High School to come visit the residents, and to do a few cheers. The girls were especially ready for Pauline…
The whole squad of girls brought special pom-poms for Pauline and the staff made her a uniform complete with a huge “B” on the front just like the old days. Pauline gave the girls some good advice on keeping the crowds enthused and even let them hear some of her old cheers. – Kristen Hampton, WBTV
89 Year Old Relives Cheerleader Days
A good life is about give-and-take, but when you have dementia there’s a great deal of taking. Only a week later, Pauline’s recall of the recent visit down memory lane is no more. Shaylyn Ladd, PR Director for the retirement community told WBTV “Anytime with dementia it’s typically their short-term memory that goes first”. That’s the bitter cruelness of dementia, it robs us of one of our most precious resources, our memories.