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.
Growing up I had the world's best great grandparents. As a child, I would spend every summer at their house. We would feed the cattle in the backyard and spend valuable time together. When I was eight my great-grandfather's Alzheimer's took a turn for the worst. We had to put him into a nursing home as my great-grandma couldn't take care of him anymore. My memories of going to visit him in the nursing home watching him slowly stop remembering who we were and where he was. This was just heartbreaking for our family. As a Vietnam veteran, he would have vivid flashbacks and would act as if he were there. Running up and down the hallways yelling cadences. Those were some of my last memories of him. On November 14, 2011, he passed away while holding my mom's hand. My memories of him though there are not many are forever in my heart. Love you sweet great-granddaddy❤
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