So here is my story. My dad has dementia, so I will be walking for him. He is still on his journey living everyday as his own. Day to day struggles and frustrations by him, mom and the rest of us. I have so many fond memories of my dad, which I keep near and dear to my heart. I still laugh and joke with him like I always have...that will never change as we live for each minute of every day to make it better than the last. He may not remember things we've done or said, but at that moment, it's what counted...that moment to get him to laugh or smile. I want him to know that I love him...he is someone, he is my dad! Now and forever.
I ask each of you who are not familiar with this terrible disease, to educate yourself. Spend a day with them and talk to them, not just a passing visit, but a visit to really know them and their lives. I teach the dementia training here at work and I tell them...make time. be patient. be present. These people have had lives; they raised children, they've had careers and a spouse...lives! Don't treat them like they are no one; they deserve respect and our time.
With this said, I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
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