My family and I have been personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease. My mom, who friends and family know as Patty, suffered from Alzheimer’s for over ten years. Before the disease took over her brain, she was fun, spunky, and the life of the party. People would describe her as a real hoot. When I realized her memory was declining, I vowed to spend as much time with her as possible. My mom and I were always close, and I knew we didn’t have a lot of time left together. When she started seriously declining, I watched my dad, who was her primary caretaker, struggle to meet the demands this disease requires, while also navigating the decline of his own health as a result of the emotional, physical, and financial impact Alzheimer’s has on families and caregivers. Thankfully, my dad is still with us and is now in good health. But sadly, in June of 2020 we lost my mom to this horrible disease. We miss her more than I can convey, and I think about her every day. I understand all too well the impact Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have on families across Oregon, and the rest of the country.
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