WWWW means Wonderful, Wild and Wacky Wednesdays
Wednesday mornings are wonderful. We laugh. It is one big inside joke for ten people.
In 2014 my husband was diagnosed with Dementia. I was given a host of print resources, contact information for various support agencies and groups. I contacted the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Society. I got more information and schedules for upcoming seminars that could prove useful. It all seemed overwhelming but I knew this disease was not to be taken lightly, so I just decided to take things slowly as I learned and raged against the unfairness of it all.
We were told of a new programme called Minds in Motion. Funding had been secured for an eight week session every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The first hour would consist of gentle exercise, mostly while seated and the second hour was for socializing. There would be games, puzzles, talking, telling our own stories. Minds in Motion is a direct response to the proven scientific fact that social interaction and exercise is vital for dementia patients to help them to keep their brains and bodies functioning for as long as possible. In fact that is a requirement for everyone. Minds in Motion is a programme for both caregivers and patients. Perfect.
I signed on, and so did 12 other couples. Minds in Motion was such a success, the only negative feedback was that we needed more sessions.
Minds in Motion created a community. As another series drew to a close we wanted some continuity. We had found a common ground and wanted to stay in touch. One suggested we all go to lunch after the last session. We did and at lunch we spoke about how valuable the sessions were and hoped they would continue. Another wondered if we could meet for coffee on Wednesday mornings since we already had that time reserved for Alzheimer’s activities. There was general agreement. It would be purely voluntary. Anyone who wanted to would meet at a nearby coffee shop on Wednesday mornings.
Five couples showed up. Thus was born WWWW Wonderful, Wild and Wacky Wednesdays. This day is sacrosanct. Wednesday is reserved for our couples activity, either Minds in Motion or coffee time and only missed for priorities such as illness, medical appointments and laboratory tests. It is a lifeline in a world turned upside down, a bridge between our two worlds, the real and the one known as Alzheimer’s world. It is my lifeline. Wednesday mornings make the insane, sane.
The Meander: Five couples showed up. Five couples, nearly strangers now best friends. Five couples connected by a dread disease. Five couples who together try to outwrestle dementia. Five couples who support each other and have magically found solace and laughter. Every caregiver needs a lifeline like this.