A screenshot of a Facebook video posted by MJ Grant of the moment her mother, who is battling dementia, recognizes she has a daughter. Credit: MJ Grant

MJ Grant of Sanford took her mother, who is deaf and battling dementia, to a nearby beach and recorded video of their sign language conversation in the car. In it, Grant captures the moment her mother realizes that she’s talking with her daughter.

“Dementia can be beautiful,” Grant wrote about the exchange. “Within the confusion there can be such beauty and sweet little surprises.”

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In the weeks since it was posted, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times and has been shared by NBC’s Today show as well as New York media company Brut America and many others.

Watch it for yourself above.

Among the thousands of Facebook commenters are those who thank Grant for raising awareness for the needs of deaf seniors and for those battling dementia, while others say she is teaching the world about love and patience.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.