Edvard Tarletski

Dementia: A journey of slipping away memories

16 March– 10 April 2024

Edvard Tarletski - Dementia: A journey of slipping away memories, #ArtWindowAtFridhemsplan
“The threads of connection may fray,
But love’s strength remains untarnished, Holding me together in the twilight of my days. Through the fog of forgetfulness,
Your touch is a beacon of clarity,
A reminder of the life we’ve shared.
 So as I journey into the unknown,
I carry with me the echoes of our love,
A melody that will never fade,
Even as my memories slip away”.
For the past three years, I have worked in a dementia nursing home  with the beautiful name  Krusmyntan (The Mug Mint). I had heard of dementia, but never until this moment had I come face to face with one. Working with people with dementia was a transformative experience for which I will always be grateful. 
It’s been a challenging but rewarding. I’ve seen how frustrating and frightening it can be for those living with dementia, but I’ve also witnessed moments of clarity and joy that are truly heartwarming. I’ve learned to be patient, compassionate, and understanding. I’ve learned to approach each person as an individual with unique needs and abilities. I’ve learned to listen, to be present, and to find ways to connect and communicate even when words fail.
Working with seniors with dementia has taught me so much about resilience, empathy, and the power of human connection. It’s been a humbling experience that has deepened my appreciation for the preciousness of every moment and the importance of being present and loving in all interactions.
Remembering that those with dementia are still people who deserve love and respect is key to providing them with the support they need. The color green being the last one they lose the ability to see serves as a reminder that there is always hope and moments of clarity for those living with dementia.
Edvard Tarletski