Our stepdad has had Alzheimer’s for a few years now and it’s only in the last year that his illness has deteriorated. He’s now in a lockdown unit in Dallas TX and my husband and I visit him on Sundays. He knows who we are but has no recollection of our names or any short term memory. He’s happy when he sees us and thanks us for coming over and over. It’s a cruel disease but we are happy that the center where he is takes good care of him. I asked him one day how long he’s been there and he looked at his friend sitting next to him and they both said about 25 years. It’s only been 3 months. Sometimes the stories are more interesting than the reality of it all. We show him pictures of friends and family and he knows mainly his brothers, wife, his daughter and two stepdaughters. That’s about it. Sometimes we get a glimpse of the real him and we talk to him like he doesn’t have a disease. He gets confused sometimes but we love him and talk him through it.
I’m a Team Captain of our Alzheimer’s Walk 2015 in Dallas this year. Our goal is $500 and we are at $120 so far and we are grateful for that but we’d really like to get to $500. If you can share this important message with your friends, I would appreciate it. We’ve read each others blogs for years and I’m so blessed to have many followers. The monies, of course, go to Alzheimer’s Research in my stepdad’s name and if you know of someone who can donate $10 or more, please help us. Thank you so much. Let me know your experiences with Alzheimer’s and let’s encourage each other. Would love to hear from you. Take care friends, cyber and beyond. 🙂