This year I was going to walk in honor of my friend and fellow resident, Esther Ford, but she died on July 3 so instead I will be walking in her memory. She left behind her husband of 72 years and one son. She outlived all 8 of her siblings.
Esther had been a dental assistant and worked for many years in the hospitality industry. She was a tiny, friendly woman who loved anything outdoorsy: hiking, running, backpacking and biking. She was also a crackerjack at Scrabble and other word puzzles, as well as an expert seamstress That is until Alzheimer's disease took over her life.
Her husband, Bob took care of her at home as long as he could, but finally had to turn her over to other caregivers who could provide the 24 hour care she needed.
She died during the current pandemic, though not of Covid-19 and never understood why she couldn't still be at home with Bob. Because of the pandemic and Esther's immovable condition, they were unable to see each other until the last few hours of her life when he was able to sit with her and hold her hand as she passed away.
I welcome the day when friends like Esther no longer have to live out their final years suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Together let's find a cure to end this devastating disease
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