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Companion Diaries: Therese's First Visit

Companion Diaries: Therese's First Visit

I remember feeling a little nervous for my first visit. Nervous, yet curious and excited to meet Astrid, the 97-year-old homebound woman I matched with, and Natalie, her daughter.

A few weeks prior, I responded to an email advertising an appealing community service opportunity: visiting people with dementia and doing fun, leisurely activities with them. I was eventually matched with Astrid, who wanted a companion to type up her stories. The chance to hear and transcribe her stories seemed like a really interesting and worthwhile way to spend my time, and getting paid was an added benefit.

After biking from my dorm to Astrid’s nearby home for my first visit…