The Nest | Vol. 1, Iss. 1

We Still “Do!” Craig and Judy have been married for 58 years. While there are many couples that

have been together for this length of time, this couple’s relationship and love for each other thrives to this day despite the impacts of dementia. Melinda Shackelford, RN, Health Care Coordinator at Arlington Place of Red Oak, set out to make Craig and Judy’s dream anniversary come true. However, this anniversary would be unlike any you have heard of before. The pair are residents in Arlington Place’s Memory Care Gardens. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s has taken much of Judy’s memory and, in her mind, she was still dating her sweetheart. Somewhat impatiently, Judy would ask, “Do you think he will ever ask me to marry him?” This became a daily conversation as she waited for Craig to pop the question. Over time, Melinda noticed Judy becoming more and more exasperated that Craig was dragging his feet. Craig was aware that their anniversary was approaching, so he and Melissa began discussing how they could make the event special for Judy. Together they devised a plan that would soon become a priceless experience for the couple and their loved ones. Melinda set up a private dining area in an empty apartment and decorated with fresh flowers, fine china, the glow of candles and romantic music to set the scene for one of the most incredible nights of Craig and Judy’s lives. Special care was taken by the Arlington Place team to ensure both Craig and Judy felt comfortable as they relived a moment in their shared history that meant so much to them. On that night, the couple celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary with a (re)engagement. The evening was complete with a champagne toast and an exuberant “Yes!” from Judy when Craig finally asked her to marry him. After 58 years, they still “do!”


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