The links below chronical, in part, some of the moments I have witnessed and wish to share with anyone struggling with a loved one with dementia. Note that this section of the website is a work in progress. Much of the content, as of now, is difficult to address and publish but as time passes, I will be adding additional material for viewing so please check back regularly.
In 1998, at 50 years old, my father was diagnosed with early onset alzheimer’s. The family immediately had to sell his car and downsize to a smaller, more modest home. He was forced to retire from his successful career of 30 years and make preparations for the long journey that was to come. I chronicled this journey.
Since then our family has cried, laughed and grown closer as a single unit. We all feel the same loss but cope in different and unique ways. We have learned the value of unconditional love and been able to lean on each other in times of hurt and need.
In February of 2010 my mother gained the strength to find a perminant home for my dad in which he would be more comfortable as his need had become greater than what one person could provide. The strength and courage that lies within my struggling mother's heart is astounding and the loss she is experiencing is insurmountable.
We all make regular visits to see my father as much as possible.
Still, although he my not know exactly who I am, whenever my father sees me walk into the room, he comes running at me with tears rolling down his cheek ready to embrace his son in his long, loving arms. And as I wrap my arms around his tall, delicate body, I still feel the same comforting warmth of hugging my dad as I did when I was a little boy.