My Great Aunt

My mom's aunt has Alzheimer's. She just turned 92 on Saturday. She has battled I don't know how many medical issues and came out fine. She came here from Germany during the war. I never got to meet her husband, but she still continued to throw those memorable BBQs in her yard until about 15 years ago. What is so awful about this disease is how progressive it is. She is worse every time. She has a full-time live-in caretaker who is an amazing woman. She has been with my great aunt for several years. It is now at the point where my great aunt does not recognize her nieces (my mom and my aunt) or her caretaker. I can not imagine how frightened she must be. At least we know she is in good hands. But to watch someone disintegrate like that,  to see this shell, it is beyond depressing. I can't even imagine how it must be to live with someone like this. I think it must be so hard and there must be those days you start thinking things you later regret because it is really out of any of our hands and there isn't much you can do except make them comfortable.



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2 Responses Aug 20, 2007

My aunt has Alzheimer's, too. She was diagnosed with it after the sudden death of her soulmate. They were having coffee, laughing...and he fell over and never got up. She fell deeper and deeper until we lost her ... God, I miss her ... I still have the tape where I filmed back in the late 90s when she left America ... she kept hugging us all, her and my Onkel Leo ... kept crying ... was the last time I saw her. She's from Germany, too. I will be walking for her, my family line, and anyone else who may be affected in time by this...not sure if you heard of it: Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2008? People of all ages from major cities are walking to support the cause.<br />
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I posted a video on YouTube. Check it out sometime.<br />
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Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2008:<br />
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYv7p94VDoM&feature=PlayList&p=8C175E22FF970738&index=0<br />
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My team is called "Daydream Believers"; so far, I'm the only one on my team, raised over $100 ... it's a start. I have a lot of hope; but, even so ...it still won't bring her back to us.<br />
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I also wrote a blog about my aunt's story on MySpace, titled: "On the Move". You can read it here, just copy and paste: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=218347768&blogID=392326296&Mytoken=D55B5EAD-275F-4A56-9A54D72C6B333EE574600194<br />
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I hope that you carry on her stories. Write them down. Remember them. People thought that I was crazy in my late 20s to start writing my life stories, taking lots of photos...I'm glad that I did. In this fast paced world, we can easily forget and regret.<br />
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All my very best to your family.<br />
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Peace & Love,<br />
Sonya Rose

I totally understand you. I made some internship in an old people's home for three weeks and the first day some nice old lady asked me so many questions and I thought "wow, how nice." and the next day she came to me and asked me each question again. i had almost started to cry. it was so sad and simply overwhelming as I had never experienced anything like it before.