Along with shave and a haircut, this dementia-friendly barber offers ‘bit of dignity’

January 18, 2019

Washington Post (January 18)

Along with shave and a haircut, this dementia-friendly barber offers ‘bit of dignity’

At 17, Lenny White worked in a care facility in his native Northern Ireland, washing dishes and serving food. He found he had a knack for talking with dementia patients. “I used to love working with them and getting into their world,” he recalled. “They would say, ‘I’m only 30,’ or ‘I want my mummy.’ I’d say, ‘Your mummy will be back soon;’ you wouldn’t tell them, ‘Your mother’s dead.’" Even after he grew up and became a marketing consultant, he never forgot how good talking to dementia patients had made him feel.



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