I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 14 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
In 2013, we lost our Mom to Alzheimer's. One day, a while before that, we received a call from the hospital saying that she had gone there for chest pains. While that was resolved, she could not remember where she lived. Neither my brother, my sister or I lived close and while we knew her memory was going, we didn't know that it was as bad as it was.
Our Mom had a wonderful sense of humour. She loved to tell stories about herself and life on the farm and all the stories got better with age. Even at the very end, when she was mostly unresponsive, she cracked what was probably her last joke. My brother had been going through some personal issues himself and while visiting Mom in the hospital, he was talking to her and said that he wasn't ready to share with the rest of the family. 'Your secret's safe with me', she said. Even near the end, she was still able to lift his spirits by poking fun at herself. That was so 'Mom', so 'Roberta'.
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Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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