Jay Allen song Blank Stares strikes a chord with LEC

Christina Doughty says the song is a reminder of the realities of Alzheimer’s disease

In a recent conversation with The OMNIway, Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty asked that we share a YouTube link to a video by country music recording artist Jay Allen.

So here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxEOWhspwEA

Christina did not recommend us sharing the video for the song Blank Stares for the song’s rhythm or because it makes good listening; it’s the lyrics that caught her attention.

The song is a tribute to Allen’s mother, who was diagnosed at 53 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

For Christina, the song is a reminder of how Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia affects so many people. Working in a long-term care home, Christina sees the realities of the condition every day.

“Daily in our profession, we constantly watch this horrible disease take people that we care for and love away from us, way too quickly,” she says.

“Moreover, we also watch the effects that it has on their loved ones. Day in and day out, we strive to bring hope, purpose and belonging to the ones that we care for, but in the end, this crippling disease always wins.”

And Christina also knows what it’s like to lose a loved one to dementia. Her grandmother had the disease, and given that some dementias can be inherited, she understands its risk.

This is why Christina wants others to listen to Jay Allen’s song.

“Please let this song remind you that life can be short,” she says. “Cherish the moments. Live in the now. Love. Laugh. Make memories. Seek adventure. Don’t take life for granted.”

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