Like all diseases, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia don’t play fair. But on holidays, it really can hit home when a surviving parent is there physically but the mind has already gone on the long journey in the fog.
Ran into a much respected gentleman last week and he admitted that he was glad that his father was comfortable and constantly surrounded by family members and an outstanding group of caregivers. But he added that his father doesn’t recognize him.
And then there are the families who are making the painfully slow transition of an elder going through the stages of memory loss and its ever-changing world. Good days. Bad days.
Just as children dread seeing their parents enter the various stages of this disease, so grandchildren are also victims. Grandparents are a blessing. They shower their grandchildren with joys with management being handled by their parents. Imagine having a grandparent, who doesn’t recognize you.
That is why the Blondes vs. Brunettes should be more than applauded. They should be gangbuster supported. These 20- and 30-somethings, who should have been booking trips to the beaches and mountain, spend the summer doing weekly sweat-outs literally working out for the powder puff football game that will take place in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, August 16.
Ah, but in addition to the grueling workouts, each player and coach is responsible for raising funds for the cause.
It’s gonna be a long summer, but the blondes and brunettes will definitely make it pay off.