My mother was officially diagnosed with dementia at the age of 65. Since that time we have watched a once very vibrant and “alive” woman slowly disappear. The good days have been heart-breaking and the bad days, devastating. But, thanks to organizations like WAM, I have come to realize that we are not alone.

Mom is now 73 years old and in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. She lives in a full-time Memory Care facility. This disease has broken my family in many ways: financially, emotionally, spiritually and physically but we are NOT giving up! We keep the hope that someday there WILL be survivors of this devastating disease, that we WILL have more support for caregivers and that there WILL be new stories to tell.

Mom’s mind may forget us all, but her heart remembers and so does mine.