Prayer and Service with Alzheimers
In this second part of our three part series, Des O’Grady SJ, talks about working with Alzheimers and in particular leading prayer, saying mass and doing his job.
He currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital and says the disease gives him insight into those he serves in Dundrum who also have their own psychiatric needs. He says that his ability to continue work, even in the face of what is often a debilitating disease, has given others inspiration with regard to their own limitations.
He talks to Pat Coyle about seeing the good in things and not focusing on what you can’t do, but rather enjoying the life that you have. Pat asked him about how he prioritises his life differently in light of his illness.
His story is also being submitted to be part of the Elder Project following the success of the letter exchange between Pope Francis and children from around the world resulting in the New York Times bestseller Dear Pope Francis. The Elder Project will give older people a similar opportunity to share their wisdom and concerns with upcoming generations.