Thank you for checking out TEAM ERICKSON's page! This is Amy (Erickson) Hood's 2nd year as Event Chair for the Springfield Alzheimer's Walk. She walks in memory of her mom, Joyce Erickson, who passed away from Alzheimer's in 2019. There is NO CURE for Alzheimer's, no vaccine, no MASK you can wear to prevent the most expensive disease. One person every 65 seconds is diagnosed... you don't see that on the news every day.
SIGNING UP for the walk is FREE! (it helps our numbers!) Plus, if you register and donate/raise $100 - you get a Walk t-shirt! Also- want to FLOCK A FRIEND? Make a $50 donation and Amy will put 20-30 plastic flamingoes in the front yard of your home, or a friends home, for 24hours! Contact me 217-652-4891
We are walking to advocate for those who can not FIGHT for themselves! Amy's Mom fought Alzheimer's for years... she was frustrated and confused...but the entire family was even MORE frustrated because they felt so HELPLESS.
People ALWAYS asked "does your mom remember you?" - - - - they had NO CLUE how Alzheimer's takes MORE THAN YOUR MEMORIES. At first it was brushed off as "old age" memory loss, but the confusion started being harder to hide. Mom couldn't remember where to put the groceries, how to cook, how to take care of daily hygiene or do her makeup, she had no concept of time, she wanted to just crawl in bed, and often proclaimed her desire to "go home" (when she was at home). As the disease progressed she didn't want to eat, she was harder to understand at times, she needed assistance with dressing and eating and she did NOT think she needed help. After 70+ years of going to the bathroom alone - can you imagine someone wiping for you?!?! She got mad - she broke her hip - and then forgot she broke her hip and continually tried to get up and do things herself. She bit people that were trying to feed her or help her get up! Our family provided 24/7 care - we took SHIFTS watching her like she was a toddler! (A toddler that didn't sleep for days at a time!) Did she remember me? YES! She knew I was someone familiar. She would very loudly yell "AIM! Come on, Let's Go!" But she would also ask Amy if her parents lived in Springfield. Alzheimer's is AWFUL.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk!
Please consider making a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association! They are a great organization that has a 24/7 hotline for Alzheimer's questions/support, they put on a great educational seminars, publish support/advice, and they do RESEARCH!
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