This is Amy (Erickson) Hood's 2nd year as the Event Chair for the Springfield Walk to End Alzheimer's. She joined the Committee after her mom passed away from Alzheimer's in 2019. Did you know there is NO CURE for Alzheimer's? No mask that keeps you safe from "catching" it?! One person every 65 seconds is diagnosed with the disease...bet you don't see that on the news every day! Please help us advocate for those who can not do it themselves!
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
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. At first it was brushed off as "old age" memory loss, but the confusion started being harder to hide. The first question people always asked me "Does she remember you?" IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT! Mom couldn't remember where to put groceries, how to cook, take care of daily hygiene, do her makeup, etc. - 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 me if my parents lived in Springfield. Alzheimer's is AWFUL.
Please consider making a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association! They have a 24/7 hotline, they help patients and caregivers, they do research - so much stuff! More and more Americans are getting Alzheimer's disease - and it is the most expensive disease $$$ with no cure! Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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