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One Precious Moment

By Kimm Loewen - Move-In Coordinator

Seizing The Moment

One Precious MomentMusic was playing, and our residents clapped and sang along. Toes were tapping, and faces were smiling. Only one thing was missing: a little bit of dancing.

As a person who loves to dance, I took this opportunity to get some of my residents up and swayed to the beat. One particular resident, Tom, was sitting there watching and listening intently. I approached him with my hands extended requesting a dance, he did not hesitate to accept the invite. Tom is not very steady on his feet, so as soon as he was up, I wrapped my arms around him to help him feel balanced. Tom started to cry and I could feel him hanging on to me pretty tightly.

An incredible moment happened to me... I felt the embrace turn from just Tom hanging on for security to one of actually hugging. Other residents and family told me that his crying quickly subsided, and a huge smile appeared on his face. We danced the whole song, and the pure joy and warmth I felt emanating from the mutual hug will be a moment I will never forget.

Science says a hug can produce soothing chemicals that help us feel safe, lower our heart rate and blood pressure. A hug can lead to a decrease in depression and give our immune system a boost. So, let's not forget the magic of a hug and take every opportunity we can to feel these effects. The next time you go in for a handshake or a pat on the back, try giving a hug instead and have that precious moment for yourself.