Did you know that one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia and over 11 million people are serving as unpaid caregivers?
Throughout her life, my grandma Phyllis was known for her kind heart, spirited personality, and an open mind. She loved serving people. She treasured her family and friends and loved by nature everyone she met. She was known for her baking, which she would always share with friends, neighbors, and the shut-ins. She would knit many hats and slippers for the newborns at the hospital and delivered Meals on Wheels until she was 85, visiting often with residents at the nursing homes. Unfortunately, her wonderful, full life was cut short by dementia in 2013. I was so thankful my mom was able to care for her so she could be comfortable at home, but it took quite a toll on her. As hard as it was to watch my grandma go downhill so fast, I felt she always knew who I was and that I loved her dearly. I also believe she was happy in whatever foreign universe she was living in inside her head, and I'm forever grateful for that. Alzheimer’s and dementia steal the mind, but not the soul.
Alzheimer’s isn’t stopping and neither are we. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, I’m raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against this disease — funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association® to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.
Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever — and with your help, we can be there for them. Please make a donation or join my team and walk with us at Target Field on Saturday, September 18th. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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