Syd Backman was not only my husband, he was my best friend, partner and constant companion for 38 years. He was joyful and funny, loving and caring - to me, our dogs, the greater family.
When he developed Alzheimer's he lost his driver's license, forgot how to walk and his leg muscles atrophied. He spent the last two and half years of his life in a wheel chair and in care facilities. It would take two people to pick him up and take him to the bathroom or put him to bed. At times he would act like a toddler, and at other times he would have flashes of total lucidity, when he would tell me he had nothing to live for, and both of us would cry. We both suffered terribly for the last five years of his life. No one should have to endure what we went through.
The facts about Alzheimer's and the other dementias are frightening. 1 in 3 seniors dies due to Alzheimer's or dementia; it kills more people that breast cancer and prostate cancer combined; more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, while over 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's - San Diego North County is September 25, 2021. Please join me in raising the funds for the much needed research to end this disease.
No donation is too small or too big!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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