Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This morning I was impacted by a documentary I saw on HBO. This film followed 5 young children whose lives have been touched by grandparents of Alzheimer’s. This past year my grandmother died of this crippling disease, and was one of the 5.3 million affected in its incurable demise. Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s… looking at these minimal statistics; you can imagine the emotional and financial strain posed upon family and friends. I firmly believe that things happen for a reason, and I was meant to observe this documentary and raise awareness. I am confident that you will walk away comfortably acquainted and open-minded of this deadly disease. Not defeated, but encouraged to go with the flow and live in the moment!
Maria Shriver leads us down a journey of compassion, and shares testament to her own experience relating to her father Sargent Shriver. Realizing that no one is untouchable, Alzheimer’s invites itself into all of our lives. Seeing it firsthand with my grandmother and watching the continuous decline in health and social interaction, the feeling is indescribable. The children featured in this film begin to share their heart through platforms of blame, confusion, fear, and love. No one gets used to this disease and often times families experience forgetfulness, repeat questions, anger, and tears. Learning to live in the here and now and embracing life as it comes with no expectations is strongly encouraged. Any time spent reminiscing in old photos and scrapbooks creates a special bond, shared with children is healthy in remembering who they were.
My family owns an assisted living home in Longmont CO. Providing a loving home with quality service is their endearing passion. Tapping into this treasured generation and devoting their lives to service and sacrifice is commendable in its own right. I have spent many days sharing coffee and conversation with these residents, and believe me, it never gets old. If you have a family member or friend affected with Alzheimer’s, science is moving in directions of hope. Remember to live in the moment and have faith. Please check out the link below and remember that you are not alone!
All the best,VP
Posted by Mark Nava at 7:59 PM