My Grandpa Wall:
I remember visiting my grandparents in Wisconsin every year growing up for as long as I can remember. I loved going there, we would play board games, make up plays in the basement on the crazy orange shag carpet, or eat the endless snacks they had. In 2013 or so we started getting calls from family that he was showing signs of memory loss. It was minor that next visit...but when we went in 2015 he was a different person. He would just sit in the living room, he didn't really remember who we were, he would work on a crossword puzzle.....but he would just fill in the spots from the answer in the back of the book. He struggled with simple tasks like turning on the tv. It was heartbreaking to see such a decline...so fast.
He passed away in a nursing home in 2016... alone. I've heard someone else say that you loose someone when they are diagnosed....and you loose them again when they actually pass away. It is so true... my Grandpa in 2015 is not the Grandpa I had as a child.
I work at a local Credit Union and the Credit Union philosophy is People Helping People. I try to also live that philosophy by doing what I can to be involved in my community and giving back when I am able to. It makes it even more rewarding when it is something that I feel passionately about.
Join me and let's walk into a future without Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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