Viral video shows ‘Dementia can be beautiful’

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January 27th, 2018 it started off as just another day in the life of MJ Grant and her mother Carmen. They were spending some quality mom and daughter time together when MJ realized that something was a little off with her mom, who battles dementia.

“When we were sitting there, we were having a conversation, and I could tell during the conversation, she did not realize who I was. That’s when I asked her, ‘where’s MJ?’ And that’s where I realized she had no idea I was her daughter,” Grant recalls.

As the video goes on, the two communicate back and forth and a few minutes in, her mom realizes that MJ is her daughter. That magical moment of recognition was so special, MJ decided to share it on social media.

“I knew in some way, I would have some level of support from people who might understand what it’s like to have a parent with dementia, but not just that, but a parent who is deaf,” she says.

What she did not realize was that millions, and then tens of millions of people across the world would watch this video, connect with it, share it.

“I don’t think I stop in those moments and think how special it really is, but putting it out there and seeing peoples reactions, it’s like a recognition of how special and kind of momentous it is.”

The video, and reaction to it, has also brought into focus the desperate need for more services for the elderly deaf population. 

“Across the country, across the world, there are people who are saying I am going through this with my parent too, and I don’t know what to do. There’s not enough out there for them, and there needs to be. There’s no excuse, no reason why there shouldn’t be”

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