Great Grandfather With Dementia Reunited With Great Granddaughter

A great-grandfather with dementia is emotionally reunited with his great-granddaughter who missed him being around after he had to move into a full-time care facility. Jesse Bocanegra – better known as PawPaw to his family – was diagnosed with dementia in February 2019. Since then daughter Gina has been his full-time carer as his cognitive skills have been affected – but one person Jesse asks about constantly is his three-year-old great-granddaughter Aleida. Jesse had been living with Gina, granddaughter Ava and great-granddaughter Aleida in Houston, Texas, up until two months ago when he was moved to a nursing facility. Aleida was used to having her PawPaw around every day so it was a huge change for her. She had been aware of him needing help since she was just a year old and tries to help him whenever and wherever she can. On October 1, Aleida’s family drove to pick her up from school and when Gina opened the car door Jesse was sitting inside waiting to reunite with her. Aleida jumped into the car and onto Jesse’s lap for a big cuddle as he told her how much he had missed her. Just over a week later, on October 17, Gina and Ava planned to visit Jesse in hospital. Jesse had been in hospital for a week after receiving a procedure and due to COVID-19, restrictions were in place so that children were initially not allowed to visit. Unexpectedly however, the family learned that day the rules had been changed so Aleida would be allowed to see him, so they jumped at the opportunity.
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Location: Houston, Texas, USA
  • Date Acquired10-23-2021
  • Date Filmed10-17-2021
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Great Grandfather With Dementia Reunited With Great Granddaughter


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