Family & Friends,
My father, Steve Atlas, was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Dementia in the Spring of 2019, after a knee surgery he was insistent on getting so he could exercise more comfortably. The summer before he’d stopped driving and started showing symptoms like forgetfulness, confusion, and anxiety, new places were hard for him to navigate.
Alzheimer’s disease has slowly taken over since then. As much as my sister, Jessica, and I tried to help out, by Spring of 2020 the year had taken a toll and my mom was beginning to feel exhausted. I started delivering groceries when the pandemic began and moved in with my parents in June of 2020 to keep an eye on everyone’s sanity. And Jessica spent many weekends entertaining and distracting my dad.
We enlisted the help of part time, in home care in March of this year. It’s really helped give my mom a breather 4 hours a day, 3 days a week, when I’m at work. And Jessica and I are still doing what we can to give her breaks to visit friends on Thursdays and weekends!
Soon it will be time to visit dementia care centers and make very hard decisions for my father and our family. My sister said today, ‘what a crappy chapter to end his story’ and that registered so deeply.
So, that’s our Alzheimer’s journey thus far. I hope you can join me by walking OR donating so that one day no one will have to have such a crappy last chapter to end their story.
Alzheimer's isn't waiting, and neither am I. I'm participating in the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer's - San Diego, CA to raise awareness and funds to support Alzheimer's care, support and research.
I'm committed to making a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's, and I hope you'll join me.
Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever — and with your help, we can be there for them. Please make a donation or register as a participant and start your own fundraising. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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