My sisters and I started walking in the Fond du Lac County Walk to End Alzheimer's 8 years ago. Our mom was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment at the age of 61. We started noticing that our mom seemed to get confused about things we had spoken to her about, forget things a lot easier., and even got lost coming home from work. She of course thought she was just getting "old" and was more forgetful. It started out with lots of tests and nothing being found. Basically once everything else was ruled out a neuro-psychologist diagnosed her with Mild Cognitive Impairment. It was progressing very quickly and thankfully her primary doctor had already prescribed her with medication to help the progression slow down. At that time my mom was still working a full-time job, a part-time job and basically doing everything she had always been doing. Here we are 10 years later and my mom is no longer working either job, is no longer able to drive, and needs help with all basic tasks. We have hired a full-time caregiver to care for her during the week and we all help in evenings and weekends. It is hard seeing our once independent mom need help with everything. I can be with her for a full day and she won't know it's me. We treasure the time we have with my mom and rely on our faith to get us through the hard times.
We are thankful for the Alzheimer's Association to provide our family with education, support, and research to hopefully one day find a cure!!
If you would like to walk with us, we would love to have you!!! If you feel compelled to donate to help us support other families who are or will be dealing with this disease we would greatly appreciate it!! We can always use prayers as well!
Thank you so much for reading my story!
Beth (Couge's Crew)
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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