This is my second year walking to end Alzheimer's. Thank you to those that donated last year. Let's do it again! Last year Mom walked with me but had a difficult time physically after the first mile, so we turned back. She is not as mobile as she was 4 years ago when the Bay to Breaker's photo was taken. She remains a delightful person, though does not remember names of people she meets and forgets conversations almost immediately after they happen. She does remember periods of time, like if she's been in a single location or away from home for a while. She needs support with just about everything she does. I'd say she is down to less than 10% independent. She likes to read words on TV, signs and in magazines. She cannot always recognize words and then spells it out instead, rarely perfectly, "Jay, does that makes sense?" she asks.
Alzheimer's is a painstaking disease the effects not only the disease carrier but all those that love and are close to them. Watching as Mom slowly loses independence and ability is the saddest thing. Losing much of my independence to support her is small in comparison to what she must endure.
Mom, for the most part, remains a happy and delightful person. Her favorite expressions are, "Just keep smiling," and "I'm alive, awake, alert and enthusiastic." She likes to spread joy to others when she can, but that too is slowly deteriorating. She loves listening to music!
Please join me in supporting the cause to end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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