Maybe you know my Gramps D (top left) in person or from my Facebook posts. His infectious smile, cute wiggle cookie dance and non-stop renditions of "I love you a bushel and a peck" made him everyone's dear friend in a heartbeat. My Grandpa K (top right) had a genius photographic mind, clever wit, and always had several books on his side table and a big ole hug for any grandkid that came by. Bisnonno (bottom right) - I didn’t know he had dementia. Bisnonno had the sweetest smile and would swim with me forever when I was a kid. <3 And then there's Bob H (bottom left) who had the knack of making everyone feel heard, seen and loved. He always broke out into a song and adored his "queen".
All these men, made an impact on our families and their presence is missed. But what was worse was watching their memories and faculties fade right before our eyes. None of them would have wanted to see themselves deteriorate into not know who we were, what to call keys, needing to rely on others for everything...feeling scared and confused.
Dementia is such a terrible disease! It strips you of your essence and then slowly makes you decline. Having been a caregiver and loved one, I have seen first-hand how a day with Alzheimer's truly is "the longest day". And then it starts all over the next day! It is exhausting, heartbreaking, devastating.
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. (Feel free to join our team! We are walking in Enfield Oct 3rd and would LOVE to have you! Click JOIN MY TEAM box.)
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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