Watching our parents get older and older each day can be agonizing. It’s hard for us to see the people who sacrificed, nurtured and cared for us lose their energy. Some other times, we see them change their personalities and act like kids. They have been our source of strength from the beginning until the end.
How painful it becomes when they suffer from a debilitating disease like Alzheimer’s. It makes the aging process so much worse. Brian Rididngs shared his story of caring for someone who does not recognize him anymore.
His mother Kelly Ridings is 88 and lives in a care home in Dalton, Georgia. While Brian says he misses the mother he once knew, they still bond through their love of music.
In a video Ridings uploaded to YouTube, he and his mother perform a duet of “Dreaming of a Little Cabin” by Albert E. Brumley. Music is a great way to connect with Alzheimer’s patients because it seems to connect with them no matter how advanced their condition is.
In the video description, Brian writes that his mom “can still play and sing better than anyone in my eyes.
“I realized while I was singing with her tonight, I had never done a video of us singing together. So, I captured a couple of songs for posterity. Most days I miss her, but she always comes back to me when we sing.”
In a few weeks time, Brian’s touching video has been viewed tens of thousands of times, which shows not only how touching it is but also how great their duet sounds.
Brian jokes that his mom “always makes up for my half” of the song, but they both actually have a pretty great singing voices.
Over the past few days, Ridings has shared more performances on his YouTube page, which is a great way of saving these special moments with his mom and also sharing them with the world.
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