When I first began to visit elders in their homes, it was scary for me and for them. Would we like one-another? Would the partnership work? Would we have the same goals? Would we be able to work together in harmony?
For them it was the same, but a big underlying question always is, will this person help me or hurt me? Do they want something I am not willing to give? Will they take what I have and leave me shamed and helpless?
While all of this is buried somewhere deep down in the human psyche,
once a breakthrough happens, you just know it. The realization that a bond is formed is the second that the elder reaches out to you as a caregiver with a slight touch with their hand. You just know that they trust you and are willing to reach out to you to show that trust.
If I had not discovered that With Age Comes Respect I may not have realized just how important a little touch with elder fingertips can actually be. When I get a hug, I know that the bond is forever!
I am just so grateful for the opportunity to make this discovery in the first place!