TAKE ME HOME
Roaming is common among those in the later
stages of the disease. It is the time when people
with dementia become increasingly anxious and
confused and many have a deep desire to go home.
They go out looking for what they’ve lost. They are
no longer at home in their lives. They are
unmoored and living without a sense of what
time it is, what place they’re in, and no longer
recognize themselves or who they’re with. They
are homesick. But homesick for which home?
Does home take on a different meaning for them?
Are they hoping to go home to a time when they felt
safe and secure? Leading one to wonder if home is
not a where, but a when. Maybe it’s not a dwelling,
but an identity, a need to come home to
oneself. It seems that in the end, it’s an
existential longing for where we were born, for
our childhood, our parents, our earliest home,
or a time when we felt safe.
Where is home?
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