In 2017, I lost my dad to dementia. My uncle, cousins, and father-in-law too. Their journey and the journey of their family and friends is brutal and often plays out over a long period of time. Many of you have read the blog I wrote describing the journey (if not, see the link below) for my dad and family.
The person you know, respect, look up to, and love, slowly becomes someone else. You desperately want new people in their lives, ie caretakers, to know that the person they are seeing is not who they are and still need dignity, respect and love. I will always remember my dad for who he was and everything he did for our family right up to the day of his passing.
To all those caretakeres, thank you for everything you do, for the sacrifice you made in your life to make the journey of as comfortable as it could be.
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer's research- only dollars. By participating in the 2019 Ride to End Alzheimer's, I've committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®.
And you can help me. These dollars are desperately needed- for the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, their 16 million caregivers, and millions more who have lost a loved one to this disease.
Help me cycle towards a world with our first survivor and donate today!