"There is much pain to endure with watching a loved one suffer with Alzheimer's Disease. There is the pain of perpetual grief. There is a raw wound of continued loss. There is the struggle to preserve dignity and the desire to respect the present and cling to the past. However, in the midst of the heartache there is a small glimmer of light that exists to remind us of the things that Alzheimer's can't take away...the warmth of a touch, the importance of smiles and laughter, and the knowledge of what it truly means to experience unconditional love and acceptance."
My mom, Betsey Beach, has been suffering from Alzheimer's for about 8 years. It took us a few years to really begin to piece together what was happening. But, in hindsight, the signs were there yet went unnoticed as this cruel disease quietly began its journey. Fortunately for us and those who help care for my mom, she has retained much of her sweet nature. And there are even times we get a glimpse of her clever sense of humor or see her connect with a random memory.
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 register as a participant and start your own fundraising. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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