Woman with dementia enjoys a heartwarming visit with Santa

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Santa Claus paid a special visit to a great-grandmother with dementia in New Mexico, proving that the magic of the season delights those of all ages.

Santa stopped by The Hartsocks' Photography studio in Albuquerque Dec. 9 to spend time with one of his older fans. Karen, a great-grandmother who has dementia, posed with Santa for several heartwarming photos. The photo shoot was arranged by her daughter-in-law, Linda Rangel, KRQE reported.


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Santa snuggles in and Karen sweetly closes her eyes and enjoys the moment.

Posted by The Hartsocks' Photography on Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rangel said that even though her mother-in-law is in the latter stages of dementia, her love of Santa Claus has remained. The photo studio wrote on its Facebook page that Karen has visited Santa at the mall for years, and even sleeps with a Santa doll, which she speaks to in her native Japanese. Karen recently entered hospice care, and her family wanted to capture her love for Santa in a photo shoot.

Santa gave Karen a busy blanket, designed to reduce restlessness and agitation in those with dementia.

The Hartsocks' Photography studio posted photos from Karen's visit with Santa on its Facebook page.

Oh my goodness, get your tissues ready. As I was looking through these photos, I could barely see the screen. The tears...

Posted by The Hartsocks' Photography on Sunday, December 10, 2017