Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xin Yue Senior Citizen Service Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds harmonious living environment for them.
There’s a nice bottle filled with stories of the elderly in the silent valley. I opened the cover gently and let the stories spread into fresh air.
Since 2012, Granny Bian got symptoms of senile dementia. Her only memory is about things happened in her teenager period. She does not recognize her husband. She called her husband as brother. For years, her husband has been taking good care of her. He learned cooking and to do housework. Though he could not cook delicious food, he kept cooking for Granny Bian every day.
To ease the symptoms, the Center organized an activity to collect stories themed “my beautiful life” among the elderly. We hope to recall the granny’s memory by telling their own stories to the young. However, Granny Bian’s memory is losing day by day. She often said she would like to come back to her hometown (a place she lived in her 10). Her husband made a kind lie which made her feel much better.
The details of their life are as my own grandparents, which moved me a lot. The grandpa may not speak sweet words to his wife, but he kept accompaniment for over 60 years. Though her wife is losing memories, she still has a man staying with her and taking good care of her. I hope to give my best wishes to the couple as well as other elderly.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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