Nancy Reagan was right – “Loving someone with Alzheimer’s is the long goodbye.” What started as our journey, now feels very much like just Lisa’s. Because of the Corona virus Lisa's memory care facility has been on lock down since mid-March. I have only been allowed to see her twice. Last week I had to put Lisa on hospice care, another, and painful step in the long goodbye.
Lisa is now totally blind, and she does not remember me anymore. She has declined rapidly in the last few months and it breaks my heart to know she is dying a slow death alone. She has lost over 20 pounds in the last5 weeks and now needs assistance and a wheelchair to get around. It has been 6-1/2 years since Lisa was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It pains me to say, Lisa now must continue this part of the journey on her own.
We need to do more to fight this horrible disease that touches so many of us. The taxpayers of America (you and I) will spend $28,000 per person on care for Alzheimer's disease patients every single year, but only $100 of our tax dollars goes for Alzheimer's disease research. Another way to look at it, for every $280 spent on care, only one dollar ($1.00) goes for research. It is the Alzheimer’s Association that funds cutting edge research, that supports scientists, supports families, supports people living with this disease.
That is why I am asking you to join the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Please register for the walk and create your own team. You can be your own team- never underestimate the power of one individual to make a difference. Or you can ask you friends, family and co-workers to join you. Either way you will be making an impact. This year we will walk everywhere. The walks will take place in our neighborhoods all across America.
As I say goodbye to Lisa, I hope you will join me in finding a way towards a cure.
Please register today and create your own team or join an existing team. Please go toALZ.org/walk, click on "FIND YOUR WALK" please type in our zip code "83703". Then click on "Find a Walk near you"
We are the Meridian, ID October 3, 2020
Below are several family members and friends who have created teams for the Walk, and I hope you will join one of them.
The end of Alzheimer's starts with all of us
"Life is a series of opportunities to expand our capacity to love" - Anonymous
God Bless you,
John Bleymaier and Lisa DeDapper