How two grandmothers with dementia found friendship in a nursing home

Rebelander Basilan
Jun 15, 2018
11:01 P.M.

A dementia-ridden grandmother instantly struck a friendship with a fellow resident in a care home.


On April 15, 2018, Lillie Downing shared a heart-warming post on Twitter about how her grandmother quickly felt at home in a home for the aged.

'Took my nan to her new care home today that's for people with dementia, she met a lady who had the same name as her and they held hands the whole time they watched TV,' she captioned a photo of her grandmother sitting on a couch next to another elderly woman.

'The lady on the left (Gladys) repeatedly said to my nan "don't worry you've got me now,"' Downing continued.

Although they only met for the first time, the two elderly women seemed to like each other already. Both sitting on the couch cross-legged, they were holding hands as they watch TV.

Downing's post quickly went viral. It has been retweeted more than 15,000 times and garnered more than 124,071 likes.


Other Twitter users shared their experience in the comments.

'We did the same with my nan a few days ago. Seen so many pictures on their FB already and she seems to actually enjoying herself. Hope yours is too,' commented Ollie Carter.

Twitter user Lillyloo wrote: 'Thanks for sharing this. Bitter sweet no doubt. My beloved had dementia. Wicked wicked disease. I'm glad your nan has found a friend.'

People with dementia suffer a severe decline in memory or other thinking skills. Their ability to perform everyday activities is greatly hampered. Alzheimer's disease accounts for a majority of the cases of dementia, according to Alzheimer's Association.

The organization reported that an estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's in 2018. A vast majority of them are 65 years old and older.

Approximately 200,000 individuals under the age of 65 are suffering from younger-onset Alzheimer's.

Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Sweet Old Lady Started Crying after Waiter Brought Her Bill

November 27, 2023

Grandma's Mysterious Friend: Chilling Revelation from Tearful Granddaughter Leaves Family Intrigued

February 23, 2024

Inside Wendy Williams' Health Struggles: From a Public Faint to Fighting Chronic Illness for 2 Decades

February 23, 2024

Living Life to the Fullest: 16 Grandmas & Grandpas Proving Age Is Just a Number

November 29, 2023

Man Leaves Wife Who Adopts Old Lady from Nursing Home until She Gets a Letter When Lady Dies — Story of the Day

February 02, 2024

Queen Camilla Was Seen with Trembling Hands – Inside Her Health Issues Ranging from Surgery to Broken Leg & Toe

February 09, 2024

Jay Leno Files for Conservatorship over Wife's Estate after They Were Seen in Public Last Time – Photos

January 27, 2024

My Grandma Gave Me a Plastic Sheep on My Birthday for Years & I only Discovered their Secret Purpose after Her Death

February 03, 2024

50 People Share the Craziest Thing They Ever Witnessed at a Funeral

November 08, 2023

'Final Days': Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Were Together Under Hospice Care Surrounded by Family

November 19, 2023

30-Year-Old Woman Becomes Her Country's Youngest Grandmother after Daughter Gives Birth at 14

February 08, 2024

5 Stories about Children Who Neglect Their Old Parents and Got What They Deserved

January 31, 2024

Old Man Sits in the Same Corner for 10 Years Waiting for Daughter Who Kicked Him Out of the Car — Story of the Day

February 15, 2024

Single Mom of 13 Kids Gives Birth to Quadruplets at 65, Gets Slammed by Critics for This

November 12, 2023