The NYT’s story of the Support Sunny Group (SSG) is a hopeful tale of a group of friends deciding not to let their own fears or the routine of friendship stop them from being there for each other. Too often I hear people say “it’s just to hard to be around him.” “It’s so hard to see her this way – I just can’t go.” And that is how (so simply, so gradually, so quietly) people with dementia lose their most valuable remaining thing – their circle of friends. Friendship changes with dementia for sure. But it can continue to yield gifts to both people. Susan and John McFadden’s book Aging Together explores the beauty of friendship and community in dementia in more detail.