Mom With Alzheimer's "Comes Back" to Her Son When She Plays the Guitar
Alzheimer's can be difficult to deal with, especially when your loved one doesn't remember special details that mean so much to you. Kelly Ridings from Dalton, Georgia knows these struggles all too well — his mother lives in an assisted living home and suffers from the disease. After all these years however, they continue to bond over a special common interest: music.
Just in time for Mother's Day, Ridings posted a touching video to Facebook of the duo singing "Praying" by Vern Godsin, and the adorable 88-year-old definitely comes alive with the music. The best part? Hismotherwas playing the guitar!
"Mom is 88 now. She's in assisted living and has Alzheimer's but she can still play and sing better than anyone in my eyes," he wrote on the post. "I realized while I was singing with her tonight, I had never videoed us singing together, so I captured a couple of songs for posterity."
The post has since received over 369,000 likes and over 500,000 comments, and people are totally love the touching duet.
In fact, his first video was such a hit, Ridings decided to record another!
"I have had an overwhelming number of people ask for another song of my mother playing the guitar and singing. I visited her yesterday and tried to explain just how much of an impact she has had on so many people around the globe," he wrote on his second post. "Although she couldn't quite grasp the scope of her influence, she was more than eager to play and sing again. She even smiled for the camera this time!"
We're happy Ridings found a way to give comfort to others who are affected by Alzheimer's (while continuing to make lasting memories with his mom!). "Most days I miss her," he wrote. "But she always comes back to me when we sing."
GoodHousekeeping.com has reached out to Ridings for comment, but he has not yet responded. We will update this post as new information becomes available.
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