My mom just died from dementia and was being treated with Alzheimer’s symptoms. Approximately 15 years ago she had carotid bypass surgery. The other side was blocked more than they thought, thus leaving her brain without oxygen for a period of time. Had mom’s diet been better, she might not have needed this surgery.

5 days before her death she was “with it” enough to think and form the words,”I feel so lost.” Two days before she died her granddaughter spoke to her via FaceTime. As I held the phone over mom’s very still body, mom could focus for a minute and formed 3 syllables to say her name, “Angela.” Mom had two moments of clarity the week she died and spoke. She had been most non-verbal for several months beforehand.