Totally awesome, unique experience. This training has inspired love, spirit, human softness, and a feeling of community that I have never experienced before! This experience will change your life.
The “I Am a Bridge” training has opened my eyes and soul to what it feels like to be a part of our human race. To communicate with the others in the training and with my Buddy in this way has opened my eyes to who I am.”
I have been in long-term care for 31 years. I have been to many, many, many conferences, workshops, and training sessions related to the care of the elderly. I consider myself very knowledgeable about communicating and caring for people with dementia. Never, in all of my experiences with ongoing education, have I ever gotten so much out of an experience.”
Words are not enough to express my feelings about this experience. I literally feel lighter. I was able to make connections with people I did not know and feel comfortable doing so. May I be able to mirror what I have learned in this training.
My heart is so full. I cannot express in words what the last three days mean to me. “Being here” has a whole new meaning. I always thought I was “Here.” But now I know how “Here” feels.
This has been an experience of a lifetime—and the best Spring Break I have ever had. I don’t think there has been a time I’ve felt happier. I’m excited every time we visit our Buddies. Being with people with dementia gives me a happiness I have never felt before.
The impact of the “I Am a Bridge” learning journeys is evident in the lives of those living in Water’s Edge, the first community in America to incorporate Memory Bridge into the center of its care ethos and practices, who have companions, Memory Bridge graduates, with whom they share their lives.
The impact is evident too in the now scores of people living on the Treasure Coast of Florida, Cupertino, California, and Melville, Australia who are companions, with and without dementia.
This training has been the greatest experience ever in my life. I learned a lot that I can apply to my own life. During these days of training I learned to listen and that silence is very important.
Also this taught me to live everyday like it’s my last and to appreciate the small things in life no matter what. Through these past days I felt more loved than ever. I felt wanted, and that I finally realize who I am and who I want to be.
I love my Buddy, Bob. He was the best. At first it was not really communication, but he would smile at me and it would make me feel so good and happy inside. The second visit we sat outside and talked and he told me he remembered me. That made me feel so good and that body language is important and love is important.
So now that I had this training I feel like a new person, and I feel I can do anything, no matter what.
My life has been hard, but this experience made me realize that I am not the only one going through something. Others are too. And I want to attend to their need so they won’t feel the pain I felt. I met a lot of new people, and it was a great experience meeting them. I learned that there is nothing wrong with being odd and different. Deep down we are all the same.
So I want to thank you for this experience. I would not have gotten this language anywhere else.