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Companion Diaries: Micah & Jim

Companion Diaries: Micah & Jim

My Friend Jim

Last Friday afternoon I hung out with Jim for the 3rd time in 8 weeks. On our first two get-togethers, we split a hundred golf balls at the driving range and perfected every shot from our pitching wedge to our driver. After two practice sessions at the range, we decided to up the stakes and go play 9 holes at the local golf course.

Families of Mon Ami: Ralph and Claudie

Families of Mon Ami: Ralph and Claudie

Claudie cares for her husband, Ralph, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's three years ago. Ralph and Claudie have lived full, beautiful lives, and Ralph wanted to capture their experiences in a memoir. Claudie wanted someone who could help him and entertain Ralph at the same time. When they found Madeline, Ralph's Activity Companion, they found the answer to both of their desires.

Families of Mon Ami: Natalie and Astrid

Families of Mon Ami: Natalie and Astrid

At 97, Natalie’s mother Astrid is still a firecracker; she has a dry wit and an incredible sense for storytelling. But she’s not as mobile as she used to be, and many of her days would center on watching TV news for hours. When Natalie heard about Mon Ami, she was skeptical that a few visits could change their lives, but she was willing to try it out; little did she know how meaningful the time could be.

Families of Mon Ami: Denise and Dolores

Families of Mon Ami: Denise and Dolores

Denise has been taking care of her mom, Dolores, in an assisted care facility for many years. Though she visits many times every week, she has still been feeling that she’s not doing enough, and worried that Mom wasn’t getting enough interaction in her home. Finding Mon Ami enables Dolores to engage with the world around her like she used to.

Companion Diaries: Kyle's First Visit

Companion Diaries: Kyle's First Visit

I am in awe of Katherine after we first talk on the phone. These past couple of years, she's been doing everything possible to prevent Tom, her long-time husband, from mental decline. Every week they go together to exercise classes specifically tailored to elderly folks with cognitive challenges. Most mornings they walk the dogs to the local coffee shop, where Tom bought the paper and they read the headlines together. They travel locally and across the coast to see family and friends. Our conversation reminds me of the daily support my grandfather has provided, and continues to provide, for my grandmother in the wake of her stroke four years ago.

A few days later, Katherine opens the door for me. Bubba and Chuck wag their tails and greet me…