My mom first started exhibiting signs of memory loss in 2017 and up until the beginning of 2020 it was a slow progression as up until that time she was still able to do many things on her own. But in February of last year all of that changed as she experienced a significant decline and went from having someone with her in the home for a couple hours a day just for companionship to ultimately needing 24hour care as she could no longer be left alone. My mom lived with me and I, of course, took on the role of the caregiver because this is my mom and I was going to do all that I can for her. It was a struggle to say the very least and COVID certainly didn’t help matters. My mom who is just the sweetest person on this planet just wasn’t herself anymore. She did not know who I was, had constant mood swings, hallucinations, would get up at least 4 times a night thinking that it as was morning and the list goes on and on until finally she just started to completely shut down. The few activities that she used to enjoy– taking drives or just sitting on the deck watching the birds she no longer wanted to do. She would no longer walk nor feed herself. My mom has always been an active person and the fact that she could no longer do what she used to do was causing her to become depressed and thus she literally was giving up on wanting to live. I cannot even begin to explain how physically and emotionally exhausting this was but like I said this was my mom and I was going to do everything in my power to make sure that she was cared for and safe. That being said I placed her at Elaine Center on August 23 of 2020 and the change was a miracle – they brought my mom back to life and they are definitely our angels. Whereas my mom cannot remember things she does again know who I am – a miracle in itself and is back to being the mom that I know – the sweet person who loves everyone and hugs everyone! She’s also back to saying all of her cute little expressions like yupper doozy! wouzer mouzers! yumpin yimminne yumpers! And that list goes on too! I am SO thankful for the staff at Elaine Center as they have now given me 10 months with my mom that I didn’t think that I would have and hopefully there are still many more years of laughs and hugs to come. Please give what you can as I know that I speak on behalf of myself and my mom when say that every little bit helps in the quest to find a cure. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
I have raised