“Can someone please try to understand me? I’m not a mean man as so many think, just so tired of being the way that I am (having suffered a stroke and unable to speak).Then one day, a CAREGiver came into my home. I grabbed her by the arm, and she looked into my eyes, which made me feel secure. She didn’t seem to be frightened, and she said everything is going to be OK ... I finally felt like someone would listen and care about the man that was trapped inside this twisted body without a voice. I felt like there was hope again.”-- Excerpt from a free-verse poem entitled “My Voice Taken” by CAREGiver Arnetta Stokes.
For some seniors, each day is a repeat of the unimaginable. Physical and emotional challenges. Isolation. Alienation. Bewilderment. But there also can be a soothing voice and touch, and acts of kindness and prayer.
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